March 19-St. Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary

2Sam 7:4-5, 12-14, 16; Rom 14:13, 16-18, 22; Matt 1:16, 18-21, 24 ( Luke 2:41-51)

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Solemnity of St. Joseph Husband of Mary

A girl had prayed daily for 10 years to St. Joseph for a good husband, with no sign that her request would ever be granted. She began to lose confidence.  One Sunday morning she returned from Mass and knelt before her statue of St. Joseph imploring him to grant her request. But after 10 minutes, in a fit of irritation and despair, she pulled the statue from the table and threw it throw the window. A young man passing by the house was struck on the head with it, getting a severe cut. He knocked at the door of the house for help and perhaps an explanation. The client of St. Joseph apologized, offering to attend the injury. They became good friends. Six later they were happily married.

The gospels give very little information about this chosen one, the earthly guardian of Our Lady and the foster father of our Lord. One little but important information about him is that he was a Just Man (Mt 1:19). This verse summarizes the kind of person he was. He silently and faithfully went about doing his duties as well as the will of God. His steadfastness as a guardian and husband is the basis for his patronage of fathers of families. St. Joseph to whom the saying, “action speaks louder than words,” can be applied, is the patron of engineers, manual workers, celibates and those seeking good wives and husbands. He is invoked by those in doubt and those who desire a holy death.

“Some saints are privileged to extend to us their patronage with particular efficacy in certain needs but not in others: but our holy patron St. Joseph has the power to assist us in all cases, in every necessity, in every undertaking,” (St. Thomas Aquinas). (Fr. S. Devasagayam, SVD Bible Diary 2002)


Reflection: We could just imagine what would have happened if Saint Joseph did not cooperate with the plan of God. For example, if he pursued his plan to quietly divorce the Blessed Mother. If he did not listen to the angel of the Lord who spoke to him in his dream.

But in his humility and docility Joseph listened to God, thus he discontinued his plan to quietly divorce Mary. He instead brought her home to shield her from any public scandal. Such is Joseph a Godly man, a man who valued the voice of God dearly.

Saint Joseph did not stop by assuming his responsibility, he also ensured that his family would be protected from any harm. When He was told by an angel to bring his family to Egypt because of the threat against Jesus he brought them to Egypt (Matthew 2:13).  When he was told once again by the angel that they could now safely return to Israel he did so without asking any question (Matthew 2:20).

Let us be inspired by the life of Saint Joseph: His humility, his willingness to listen to the voice of God. His unconditional love and protection for his wife and his child. His character of being a responsible spouse and parent.

Let us therefore reflect on how we carry out our roles as a child of God, as a parent and as a spouse. Do we listen to the voice of God? Are we loving and protective to our respective  families?     (Marino J. Dasmarinas)


Reflection for March 19, Thursday Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24A Reflection: Are we obedient and humble followers of God? For example the sacred vows of the marriage covenant that goes: For richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health till death do us part. Do we still faithfully adhere to these sacred vows of marriage?

When Joseph discovered that his soon to be wife was pregnant he decided to quietly separate from Mary. Quietly because Joseph is an innate quiet and humble man. As much as possible Joseph did not want to create any scene that could result to Mary’s being ostracized by her town mates.

By his action of quietness and humility we can safely conclude that Joseph loved Mary deeply. Perhaps some disturbing thoughts were circling already into Joseph’s mind. But even so Joseph did not allow his thoughts to overrule his love for God and for his soon to be wife.

Perhaps the devil was already insidiously trying to provoke Joseph to do something that would humiliate Mary. But Joseph calmly defeated whatever evil machinations the devil had. He defeated this by listening to what the angel told him to do and thereafter Joseph guided by the angel of God faithfully loved and protected his family.

I can’t help but try to compare Joseph’s love for God and his love for his family with how many modern fathers or even mothers of today. Who easily give up when their marriage is tested, who easily succumb when tempted by the devil. And who do not anymore listen to the voice of God about the sanctity of marriage and family life.

How about us, do we still listen to the voice of God and do we still value the sanctity of marriage and family life? – Marino J. Dasmarinas


Feast of Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary (A)

Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24. What remarkable characteristics of St. Joseph should every husband and father try to develop and possess? In the gospels, Joseph utters not a single word, but he is in no way described as weak and passive. In fact, what we see is a man who actively consents and cooperates in the salvific action of God. He allows himself to be guided by angels who appeared to him in dreams. This is the gospel’s way of describing God’s loving intervention in the life of the family of Nazareth. Joseph is always driven to do what is right and just because he is a man who readily listens to God and obeys His will. May all husbands and fathers emulate the example of St. Joseph by praying regularly, listening intently, and obeying God faithfully! (Abet Uy)


Reflection: To love those entrusted to our care. Marriage, for the Jews, has three stages. First, is the engagement. A professional matchmaker arranges the engagement between the parents of the man and woman. Second is the betrothal. It has the validity of marriage. They have to sign a contract. And they are already considered husband and wife. But, they don’t live together as husband and wife. They can do so after a year if the woman is a virgin and after a month if she is a widow. Sexual relationship is not permitted during this second stage. Third is the marriage proper. The man now takes his wife home.

Mosaic Law calls for stoning to death of a woman found not to be a virgin when she is brought to her husband’s home. This is from Deuteronomy 22:20-21. Joseph was unwilling to put or expose Mary to shame, that is, to place Mary in a public trial just to prove her innocence or guilt. Thus, Joseph “decided to divorce her quietly,” (v. 19). He “was a righteous man,” not because he wanted to put Mary away in secret, but because of his humility and obedience to accept the will of God. Joseph submitted himself without any doubt and without nay condition to the plans of God. He quietly fulfilled the mission entrusted to his care. He dedicated all his efforts and committed himself to the care of Mary and Jesus.

On this Solemnity of St. Joseph, we are being taught two lessons in life. First is to be like Joseph who worked in silence and with sincerity for God. Let us work without any fanfare, devoid of any publicity and without any pictorials. Let us accept and fulfill our responsibilities to God without aspiring for awards and rewards, without thinking of any commissions and commendations, away from the limelight and praises. Let us do things not for our own benefit but for the benefit of others. Let us be like Joseph who decided everything in the light of God’s plan and not for his personal advantage.

Second is to be like Joseph who was prudent in his ways and manners. Thus, let us also in our judgment and actions in order not to cast doubts on the name and reputation of others. Let us be tactful in our words in order not to undermine their character and credibility. Let us be like Joseph in protecting and promoting the good and the life of those whom we love and of those entrusted to our care..

St. Joseph, pray for us.

Story: St. Thomas More was condemned to die by beheading. He had opposed the marriage of King Henry VIII to his mistress, Anne Boleyn. He did not submit himself to King Henry VIII as the supreme head of the Church of England. On the way to the execution, he asked the crowd to pray for him. He declared that he was to die “in and for the faith of the Holy Catholic Church.” He bore witness that he “was the king’s good servant, but God’s first.”

Showing no bitterness, he even comforted his executioner. He gave him the customary gold coin and said, “Pluck up thy spirit, man, and be not afraid to do thy office; my neck is very short. Take heed, therefore, that thou strike not awry for saving of thy honesty.”

Challenges: I will always remember the birthdays of my loved ones. I will always remember our wedding anniversary. I will spend more quality time with my loved ones.

Pay a compliment to your wife or husband. Say an affirmative or appreciative word to your parents and your children (Msgr. Ruperto C. Santos STL, Jesus Serves and Saves Us! Makati: St. Pauls, 2003:247-249).


HAPPY DEATH – … Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called Christ. – Matthew 1:16

St. Joseph is the patron saint of a happy death. According to, he is the patron saint of the dying for three reasons: First, he is the foster father of our Eternal Judge. Two, he is the terror of demons and the conqueror of hell. And three, his was the most beautiful of deaths because he died in the arms of Jesus and Mary.

Because a couple of family members have recently been hospitalized with life-threatening conditions, I’ve been reflecting that a happy death is not just for the dying person but also for those who suffer with him throughout his sickness. Those who’ve cared for terminally ill family members know how emotionally, financially and physically draining it can be to watch a loved one suffer. It’s easier to pray that the Lord spare them of the pain and swiftly take them into His bosom.

My recent meditations have caused me to start praying that the Lord grant me and my loved ones a timely, peaceful and happy death. Rissa Singson Kawpeng (

Reflection: “The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” (Mark Twain)

St. Joseph, in the hour of my death, remove from me every kind of sin. Prepare me and my loved ones for that glorious time when we surrender our spirits to Jesus. Amen.


JOSEPH: HUSBAND OF MARY, OUR PROTECTOR AND GUIDE – Have you tried looking for images of St. Joseph via a computer search? Try Google Images, keying in “St. Joseph, Husband of Mary.” In a split second, your screen will be filled with so many wonderful pictures of St. Joseph. The noticeable thing about them is this: Many of the pictures depict the husband of Mary as bearded, mature and seemingly advanced in age.     

While this has been the long-standing tradition, it’s not a bad idea to picture Joseph as a young man, too, at the prime of his life. Why not? Since ancient times, Jewish marriage traditions would encourage marrying while still young of age. And besides, a young and full-bodied St. Joseph is a better model for us in today’s world.

Today’s solemn feast in honor of St. Joseph celebrates his being the spouse of Mary, foster father of Jesus, and patron of the Universal Church — not merely as a worker or carpenter which is commemorated on May 1.

Joseph is described as “an upright man” in today’s Gospel passage. Some synonyms are righteous and just. If we take the common meanings of the word, we will obtain a picture of St. Joseph’s greatness and sanctity. The opposite of upright is crooked or bent. Joseph was surely not dishonest and corrupt. His righteousness came from God, not himself; otherwise, that would be self-righteousness, which is something negative.

Lastly, “just” has a nuance of giving what is due, which Joseph does as he strives to fulfill God’s will, especially in those crucial moments like his marriage to Mary and the birth of Jesus.

May St. Joseph be more than just a model or patron saint for us — more importantly, may we learn to know him as our protector and guide. Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB

REFLECTION QUESTION: In your prayer today, ask for St. Joseph’s intercession, protection and guidance. Allow him to bring your prayer to God.

Thank You, Lord, for giving us St. Joseph to be our protector and guide.


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One Response to March 19-St. Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary

  1. Fr. Tomu Ale Lakalaka says:

    Malo aupito

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