Joseph, a Man of Perseverance
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
through perseverance you brought Mary and Jesus to safety;
help us to persevere in our faith,
as we journey to our heavenly home.
Read from the Gospel of Luke 2:1-5 –
‘Joseph went up from Nazareth to Bethlehem the town of David.’
In a world of pandemic when our life’s journey has become long and difficult, let us turn to Joseph and learn from a man, who has known what is needed to persevere – Faith.
If at times God seems not to help us, surely this does not mean that we have been abandoned, but instead are being trusted to plan, to be creative, and to find solutions ourselves.
We are all benefiting from the perseverance and dedication of NHS workers, scientists and others at the forefront of the battle against Covid19. Bring them all to Jesus and St Joseph, asking that they be given the strength they need to continue their life-saving work.
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 anyone you know in need of the gifts of inner strength and perseverance.