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Joseph did as the Angel of the Lord commanded him

Gal 5:22-23: The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
  Let us Pray ...
Heavenly Father, we thank you we praise you Lord, through the Spirit we call upon you. Please fulfill in us the character you possess. We want to exhibit the qualities of your child, Infant Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (March 19, 2011)
Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading:  2 Samuel 7:4-5a,12-14a,16
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 89:2-3,4-5,27,29
Second Reading:  Rom 4:13,16-18,22
Gospel:  Matthew 1:16,18-21,24a
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 1:16,18-21,24a)
Joseph's faith was place to the test when he was revealed that his espoused wife Mary pregnant. Joseph, being a holy and God-fearing man, did not wish to humiliate, punish, or expose Mary to hurt. To all outward looks she had broken their solemn promise to be faithful and chaste to one another. Joseph, no doubt took this worrying matter to God in prayer. He was not quick to judge or to react with hurt and annoyance. God rewarded him not only with direction and consolation, but with the heavenly assurance that he had indeed called Joseph to be the husband of Mary and to presume a mission that would need the utmost faith, self-assurance, and trust in Almighty God. Joseph believed in the divine message to take Mary as his wife and to believe the child in her womb as the assured Messiah, who is together the only begotten Son of God and son of Mary conceived by the Holy Spirit. Are you ready to obey the Lord in all? Faith in God's word and obedience to his instructions go hand in hand. Joseph, like Mary, is a replica of faith and justice. Matthew inform us that Joseph was a “just man”. By 'justice' one at times understands only one good quality in particular, as in the phrase: the one who is not greedy is just. But 'justice' also refers to virtue in general. And it is in this intelligence, over all, that scripture uses the word ‘justice’. Where do we need God's help and supervision? Let us ask the Lord to amplify our faith and trust in his promises and in his guiding hand in your life.
(Sunday Homilies - Sermon by Fr Kuriakose)


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