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THURSDAY – March 19, 2020

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Feast of Saint Joseph

Collect/Gathering Prayer

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that by Saint Joseph’s intercession
your Church may constantly watch over
the unfolding of the mysteries of human salvation,
whose beginnings you entrusted to his faithful care.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Gospel

Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,
and when he was twelve years old,
they went up according to festival custom.
After they had completed its days, as they were returning,
the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
but his parents did not know it.
Thinking that he was in the caravan,
they journeyed for a day
and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
but not finding him,
they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting in the midst of the teachers,
listening to them and asking them questions,
and all who heard him were astounded
at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him,
they were astonished,
and his mother said to him,
“Son, why have you done this to us?
Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”
And he said to them,
“Why were you looking for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
But they did not understand what he said to them.
He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was obedient to them.

Preface

For this just man was given by you
as spouse to the Virgin Mother of God
and set as a wise and faithful servant
in charge of your household
to watch like a father over your Only Begotten Son,
who was conceived by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit,
our Lord Jesus Christ.

COMMENTARY

Saint Joseph taught Jesus to keep the Feast of Passover. Jesus, in turn, taught Joseph and Mary the depths of the mysteries of heaven. We can tell by Mary’s words to Jesus: Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety. Jesus gave his response, as above, but his parents did not understand. Even though they did not understand at the moment their dedication to God and to his word led them to respect what God was doing. Underlying this was their firm faith in God and the fact they knew so well that Jesus came to them from the Father above. It is time for us to accept what God is letting happened to us in these days.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.