Mar 19, 2009

A Lenten Reflection: St. Joseph, Patron Saint of Canada

Today is the feast of St. Joseph, patron saint of Canada. It's worth taking a moment to learn a little more about this compassionate and caring man. One can only imagine him trying to make sense of Mary's pregnancy, learning in a dream the truth about the child in Mary's womb and, shortly thereafter, taking her as his wife. He left everything he owned, all of his friends and family, fleeing to a strange country to be with Mary and the baby.

What else do we know about Joseph? Consider these brief excerpts from one of many online biographies:

We know Joseph loved Jesus. His one concern was for the safety of this child entrusted to him.

Not only did he leave his home to protect Jesus, but upon his return settled in the obscure town of Nazareth out of fear for his life. When Jesus stayed in the Temple we are told Joseph (along with Mary) searched with great anxiety for three days for him (Luke 2:48). We also know that Joseph treated Jesus as his own son for over and over the people of Nazareth say of Jesus, "Is this not the son of Joseph?" (Luke 4:22)

We know Joseph respected God. He followed God's commands in handling the situation with Mary and going to Jerusalem to have Jesus circumcised and Mary purified after Jesus' birth. We are told that he took his family to Jerusalem every year for Passover, something that could not have been easy for a working man.

Since Joseph does not appear in Jesus' public life, at his death, or resurrection, many historians believe Joseph probably had died before Jesus entered public ministry.

St. Joseph's Oratory, Montreal

St. Joseph really was a foster father to Jesus. In this way, we remember all those who care for our families and, in a special way, those who welcome new life through foster care or adoption. That the wisdom and faith of St. Joseph will be alive in their relationships, their families, their unconditional love.

During this Lenten season, we remember, we celebrate, we believe...

Photos: St. Joseph's Oratory, Montreal

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

St. Joseph always helped me. 3 times in a row, whatever I asked he delivered. Just believe he is amazing