Joseph, Tender and Loving
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
O St Joseph,
share with us the tenderness and love
with which you cared for Jesus,
so that we are comforted in our daily life.
Read from the Gospel of Matthew 1:19-24
‘Joseph did not want to expose Mary to public disgrace’.
Even when we take action that seems proper at the time, we must go forward with love for the other person; it is love that will steer us to what is right and just.
In Joseph, Jesus saw the tender love of God: “As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him” (Ps 103:13).
We’ve seen and benefited from so many examples of tenderness, care and compassion. Bring all carers and medical staff to Jesus and St Joseph, asking for their special blessing on them.
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.
Think of the people around you – to whom can you show extra tenderness and love today? Or who do you most hope and pray will experience this from someone else in their life?