Joseph, Guide of Pilgrims and Migrants
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
To you St Joseph d
o we turn when we journey in prayer,
or flee in times of need and persecution,
seeking your protection at every step.
Read from the Gospel of Matthew 2:13-18 –
‘The angel appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up and take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt”’
We cannot be sure what the night will bring, but whatever the journey: in prayer, in need, in persecution – or even through death itself, we can be sure that Joseph is with us every step.
The Holy Family had to face concrete problems like every other family, like so many of our migrant brothers and sisters who, today too, risk their lives to escape misfortune and hunger. In this regard, I consider Saint Joseph the special patron of all those forced to leave their native lands because of war, hatred, persecution and poverty.
All who travel, whether they be pilgrims, migrants or refugees, must rely on the welcome and hospitality of others. Bring to Jesus and St Joseph all who seek refuge, and a place of welcome.
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 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. Amen.
What can you do to welcome the strangers in your midst?