Saturday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
“For greater things you were born.” (Ven. Mother Luisita)
FRIDAY, November 27th Lk. 21: 34-36 Jesus says: “Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.”
Tomorrow we enter a perfect season, the Season of Advent, to help us prepare for the end times, at least for our end time, for we know neither the hour nor the day when we will be called to give an accounting of our life—all our thoughts, words, deeds, and even our most secret intentions.
Yesterday we learned the importance of Silence and Prayer in anticipation of the most important Birth in all of human history—the Birth of Jesus, our Lord and Savior!
Today Fr. Ed helps us prepare further for the Coming of Christ through the life and example of good St. Joseph, spouse of Mary and Foster Father of Jesus.
FIVE WAYS ST. JOSEPH SHOWS US HOW TO LIVE OUT ADVENT by Fr. Ed Broom, OMV
Saint Joseph can help us to live a most fruitful Advent, and for many reasons. Let us quietly meditate upon five extraordinary virtues of this greatest of all saints so that we can live a most fervent Advent season and allow Jesus to be born in the depths of our hearts this Christmas!
Not once in the Bible do we hear a word from the great Saint Joseph. This silence of Saint Joseph is very eloquent. It teaches us a fundamental attitude to enter into deep prayer: silence.
If we are constantly bombarded by noises then it is impossible to hear the Word of God, the Holy Spirit who speaks to us in the gentle breeze of silence. Also, the silence of Saint Joseph teaches us the importance of example. We must prove our authenticity by words, but also by our actions. Saint Joseph taught the world by the holy way that he lived. May he be an example for us to do the same!
Saint Joseph was a man of prayer. What an extraordinary role he played in the history of salvation. He was both the spouse of Mary, the Mother of God, as well as the foster-father of Jesus, the Son of the living God. Saint Joseph actually taught Jesus to speak and to address God as “Abba”—meaning “Daddy”.
In a certain sense Saint Joseph taught Jesus to use human words to talk to the Heavenly Father—this is prayer. Therefore, if Saint Joseph taught Jesus how to pray, how much more could he teach me how to pray if I simply ask for his help? Start now and say: Saint Joseph, teach me how to pray!
In a society where too many men shirk their obligations toward their wives, children, and family, Saint Joseph shines as a model of courage and fortitude. He traveled many miles in the cold and wind, only to meet with rejection— “There was no room for them in the inn.” (Lk 2:7) He found refuge in an animal shelter for the birth of Jesus.
He arose in the night to flee into Egypt, saving the Child Jesus from the vicious and murderous threats of King Herod. “An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.’” (Mt 2:13)
Faced with so many difficulties, Saint Joseph stood tall and confronted the obstacles with manly courage. May the men of the present generation lift up their gaze to the gentle but courageous man of God—good Saint Joseph.
4. PROVIDE AND PROTECT
Saint Joseph both protected and provided for the Holy Family. He was a hard worker—exercising the trade of a Carpenter. He earned their bread by the sweat of his brow. He thought not of himself, but of how he could best provide for and protect the family that God had entrusted to his care.
As we draw close to Christmas, let us beg good Saint Joseph to provide for and protect our spiritual lives. Materialism, consumerism, hedonism are the gods of the present culture. These actually suffocate our spirituality.
Saint Joseph’s prayers can help us to look beyond the buying, having, and possessing. He can help us realize that true joy and happiness does not come from having things, but in possessing God. To hold the Child Jesus in our arms and in our hearts is worth more than all of the money and possessions of the entire world. Good Saint Joseph can teach us this simple but profound lesson!
5. ST. JOSEPH, OUR LADY, AND JESUS
To arrive at a true and authentic devotion to Mary, Saint Joseph can serve as a powerful bridge. Aside from Jesus Himself, nobody on earth knew, understood, cherished and loved the Blessed Virgin Mary more than good Saint Joseph. Turn to Saint Joseph and beg him for the grace of greater knowledge of and love for Mary, his beloved spouse. Through his intercession, your devotion to Mary will grow by leaps and bounds!
Then turn to Saint Joseph and beg him for the grace of intimate knowledge of Jesus, that we may love Jesus more ardently, and follow Jesus more closely. Aside from Mary, no one on earth knew Jesus better than good Saint Joseph.
The Holy Family is complete only when all three members—Jesus, Mary and Saint Joseph—are recognized, honored and loved. May the prayers of good Saint Joseph open your heart to the immense treasures that God has in store for you this Advent Season. Then may Jesus be born in the depths of your heart this Christmas Day!