Saint Joseph, the Patron Saint of the Church
Solemnity of Saint Joseph
March 19, 2021 •
He was chosen by God the Father to be entrusted with the father's most precious gifts: His only begotten Son, and His Immaculate Mother. No other human being has been trusted as much.
Imagine the type of man Joseph must have been other earth, and now in Heaven. Flawless. Perfect. Absolutely virtuous in every way. Yes, he was tainted by original sin like the rest of us, but it's very likely he had no personal sin. He was ideal to stand in the person of God the Father for His only son, Jesus Christ.
Notice what Joseph decides to do: to divorce Mary "quietly." Meaning no formal declaration, no public show. Now in order to divorce her privately, Joseph is de facto accepting some of the blame for the divorce, even though he's innocent. So I want you to consider what he's doing. For all he knows, Mary has sinned. But he still wants to protect Her and Her unborn Child. . ...
He's willing to take some of the blame of the divorce just to protect them. What a perfect man. Don't you see why he was chosen? Even when he had no reason to, he was still willing to defend their honor. Their lives. ...
Something that we know about Saint Joseph - once he knows the will of God he does not hesitate. He accomplishes it immediately.
2Sm7:4-5a,12-14a,16; Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 & 29; Rom4:13,16-18,22;Mt16,18-21,24a
Homily begins at 17:46