(Joseph) took (Mary) as his wife (Lk 1:24)Joseph’s life was one of acceptance. He accepted Mary as his wife. He accepted to be the father of God’s Son, to being uprooted and fleeing to Egypt, to resettling in Nazareth when it became obvious that returning to Judea would be too dangerous (Mt 2:22). In accepting these things Joseph was not just a passive man. He also embraced these sudden changes as opportunities to further God’s divine plan. We may have little or no control over what happens to us. Joseph shows us that openness to God’s Grace can guide our response to what happens.
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became a man. Blessed Joseph to us too show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage and defend us from every evil. Call to mind your special intention……St Joseph pray for us