Joseph, a Man of Patience
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Dear St Joseph,
as you met all the trials in your life with patience,
teach us to be patient also,
ever trusting in God’s mercy.
Read from the Gospel of Luke 2:22-33:
‘When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord’.
The day-to-day practicalities can take up our lives, but accompanied by faith, who knows what wonders may be opened to us.
Joseph found happiness not in mere self-sacrifice but in self-gift. In him, we never see frustration but only trust. His patient silence was the prelude to concrete expressions of trust. Our world today needs fathers.
We’ve spent so much time waiting patiently: in queues; for good news; for benefits; for our turn to be vaccinated. Bring to Jesus and St Joseph everyone still waiting for good news, and all those who, in their lives, always end up at the back of the queue.
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.
Light a candle and pray for all those who wait, and are losing hope; ask for the grace to be able to help and accompany anyone you know.