Tuesday of the Second Week

St Joseph thinking/sleeping with an angel at his shoulder

Daily Offering

Heavenly Father, as I begin this day in honour of Saint Joseph, husband of Mary, help me to imitate his gentle care for others and silent witness to your love. Grant me the grace to live the Gospel with my whole heart, my whole soul, my whole mind and my whole strength. I offer you this day.    Via Click to Pray 

Entering into prayer

Choose a method of entering into prayer that you are comfortable with, or if the mood takes you, try something different. If you are finding it hard to make time to pray, don’t forget that God is there with you in everything you do.

Today's Scripture (Matthew 1:16, 18- 21, 24)
Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah. Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife.

Food for Thought

Joseph went above and beyond in protecting his family and raising a child with Mary. He was obedient three times to the warnings given to him in dreams. He accepted Mary and her child as his own; he went to great lengths to protect them, first by going to Egypt and then going to Galilee. Joseph was following the will of God long before Jesus was calling his followers to do the same. Joseph exercised a “justice that exceeded that of the scribes and the Pharisees” and treated Mary with humanity and mercy when he could have just as easily interpreted the law strictly with rigor and cruelty.

Suggestions for Prayer

Joseph did not just help Mary and Jesus at arm’s length, but remained married, accepting them, staying with them and spending the rest of his life with them. Imagine being with Mary and Jesus, staying with them.When we are invited in people’s homes, we get to really see them, and they see us, in a way that wasn’t possible before.We allow ourselves more and more to be known.What did Mary, Joseph and Joseph do together? What did they chat about? How were they when they ate together? How would you spend the day with Jesus? Originally, Joseph wanted to informally divorce Mary, to spare her publicity. Maybe recall a time when you have been spared hurt and anxiety. How did it feel to be protected? How would you like to respond to that person now? Joseph accepted what was asked of him by the Lord, even though it would require a lot of work and would change his life forever, yet, ultimately it was an extremely noble and life-giving act.When have you decided to follow the more difficult path, but one that allowed you and others to flourish? How did it feel after the decision was made? How did it sit with you? Did your hope,trust and faith in others increase or decrease? Do you notice the same feelings in when you make other decisions?

How are you going to respond today?

If you are a father, today is a good day to reflect on how you can be more like Joseph. If you are not a father, perhaps you can pause to give thanks for the ‘fathers’ in your life – your own, or other father-figures and consider ways to be more like Joseph, who put his trust in God.

Image for the Day 

St Joseph thinking/sleeping with an angel at his shoulder

  • How do you think it felt to be Joseph? 

  • Have you ever felt different after a dream or time of sleep?

  • What would you like to say to God today?

Examen (review of prayer)

Feel free to try any examenWhen you come towards the end of your time of prayer, or at the end of your day, talk to God about what has come up for you, what went well and what didn’t. End with a formal prayer, such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father.

Going Deeper

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