Church of the Home for Saturday, March 19

The Feast of St. Joseph

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph. He was a holy man, the spouse of Mary, the earthly father of Jesus, and a hard-working carpenter.

However, little more is known about him.

In the Bible, he is referred to as a just man. He was willing and open to do whatever God asked of him, including taking Mary as his wife after the Annunciation. He also loved and cared for Jesus.

St. Joseph was a strong protector of his family. He found a safe place for Jesus to be born in Bethlehem. He guided Mary and Jesus to Egypt to protect them from King Herod.

Recently, Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter titled “Patris Corde” in Latin. It translates to “With a Father’s Heart,” in which the pope describes St. Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father, a father who is creatively courageous, a working father, and a father in the shadows.

In some images, St. Joseph is seen holding lilies, which symbolize integrity and indicate that he was the earthly spouse of the Blessed Mother, whose purity is represented by a white lily. A group of three lilies can represent the Trinity.

St, Joseph is known as the patron saint of the Universal Church, a happy death, families, fathers, expectant mothers, explorers, pilgrims, travelers, immigrants, home sellers and buyers, craftsmen, engineers, and working people.