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St. Joseph: Our Patron Saint of a Happy & Holy DeathSt. Joseph: Our Patron Saint of a Happy & Holy Death

St. Joseph was the partner of Mary and the foster-father of Jesus. What little we know of his life comes from the Gospels according to Matthew and Luke. Joseph’s father was named Jacob, and he was a descendant of King David( Matthew 1:16 ). While wreaking as a carpenter in Nazareth, Joseph became formally participated to Mary, being willing to respect her dedicate of perpetual virginity.

When Mary was discovered to be pregnant, Joseph naturally usurped “shes been” unfaithful to him. He could have stigmatized her, thus sparing his honour while ruining hers, but he didn’t want to hurt her — so he decided to combine mercy and right by divorcing her quietly. It was after Joseph made this noble decision that the angel of the Lord discovered the truth to him( Matthew 1:18 -2 5 ). Joseph trusted this amazing message; he went onward with his marriage to Mary, and then made her to Bethlehem for a census; even though they are, Jesus was born( Luke 2:1 -7 ).

Because he was the head of the Holy Family, it was to Joseph that God sent an angel with a warning to flee to Egypt( Matthew 2:13 -1 5 ); when it was safe, the Holy Family returned to Nazareth. As an upright and hard-working man, Joseph learnt Jesus his own trade of carpentry, and reliably policed and dished Him and Mary. Tradition states that St. Joseph died sometime before Jesus began His public ministry at the age of thirty; he is considered the Patron of the Universal Church and the Patron of a fortunate death.

Lessons

1. True greatness doesn’t depend on all the right “advantages”: opulence, a good education, and the proper social joinings. St. Joseph had none of these things, but his meeknes and soundnes granted God to conclude him one of the greatest saints.

2. Genuine humility doesn’t excuse us from our responsibilities. Joseph knew he couldn’t compare in holiness to Jesus or Mary — but he nonetheless exercised sovereignty over them in accord with God’s will.

From Johnnette Benkovic’s Graceful Living: Meditations to Help You Grow Closer to God Day by Day

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” Behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, make the child and his mother, and abscond to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you.” … And he rose and took the child and his mother by night, and differed to Egypt .”

–Matthew 2:13, 14

Johnnette’s Meditation

St. Joseph responded to the word of God immediately. How quickly do I respond to God’s word and the inspires of the Holy spirit? St. Joseph’s obedience to God saved their own families from tragedy. Can I retain a go when my obedience to God saved me from some accident or unfortunate place? To what range will this help me to obey God swiftly today and in the future?

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