|St Joseph and Jesus|
The First Reading tells us of God’s promise to David, that I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. While this promise is fulfilled in Jesus, God used St Joseph to help fulfill this. Matthew tells us in the Gospel today that Joseph’s father is Jacob. Joseph name then is Joseph son of Jacob. Yet, when the angel appeared to Joseph, he calls Joseph, son of David instead of his real name. The angel was reminding Joseph of his role in salvation history: that he will be the father of the Son of David. As son of David, Joseph is reminded of his nobility AND duty to raise the Son of David who will save his people from their sins. At this point in his life, Joseph saw himself unfit to be responsible for this task. But when he was reminded of who he is, Joseph woke up from sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him. Joseph knew, despite his weakness, God will provide the grace to fulfill it. Joseph did not rely on his skills, instead relied on faith that God who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist, will do what he has planned as long as Joseph believed in God.
Scripture does not have a record of what Joseph said. Yet, Joseph speaks loudly in his life. His actions of unquestioning obedience to God is due to his faith in God. Faith is not relying on ourselves. Our life is not dependence on our skills and capabilities. Everything is grace. The promise of God depends on faith so the promise may rest on grace.
Perhaps you feel God is calling you to something today, perhaps, discern for the priesthood, or to venture on something that seemed difficult. You may be overwhelmed by what you think God is calling you to do. In these cases, we need to discern what God is calling you to do. And if after discernment, you still think God is calling you to do something, then like Joseph, trust God. Step out in faith, remembering, you are a child of God, whom he loves and will never abandon. Things may seem overwhelming. Yet if God enters a situation, what is impossible becomes possible. The dead becomes alive again, because it is the power of God that makes things happen with our cooperation.
Lord, reveal your will to me and when I am overwhelmed, let me step out in faith, believing you will never abandon me and that you are with me all the way, as long as I walk in faith. St Joseph, pray I may have courage to do what he wants me to do, trusting he is always there to lead me.