Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
Today is the feast day of St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. it is actually a Solemnity, a special feast day that the Church calls us to celebrate and honor, and while it is not a Holy Day of Obligation, we should still treat it as a Holy Day.
But why? What is so special about this man? What did St. Joseph really do to deserve this kind of honor?
I lowkey geeked out a little when I realized I would get to write the reflection on this day since St. Joseph is my favorite saint and I even wrote my college thesis about him. So many things are running through my head, but three words stick out the most: humble, obedient, and love.
St. Joseph is a model of humility for all of us. He had to put aside of of his own desires and aspirations and raise a child that was not his own (biologically). He would never be able to have a child of his own and would remain celibate with his own wife. We hear very little about him in scripture because his own glory was something he never sought after. He lived in a house with two legitimate sinless people, I’m sure that took a lot of humility!
His incredible humility gave him the ability to be obedient. Today, we see obedience as limiting or restrictive and unfair. That is so far from the truth though. We are so caught up in our own pride sometimes that we cannot see the bigger picture, or that someone (especially God) may be worthy of our obedience. Of course there are healthy and just times to not simply and blindly obey, but that is never the case with God.
Finally, Joseph’s humility and obedience gave him the ability to love in a way we should all be longing to love. He loved Mary as every husband should; unconditionally. He was patient, pure, and selfless. He gave everything to his son as well, the Son of God, who we raised as his own and loved as his own. And now he loves the Church in the same way, and is our protector whenever we need him.
Humble obedient love. The thing the world is needing most today, and we find it here in St. Joseph. Let us be the same humble, world changing, examples Joseph was and still is today. St. Joseph, pray for us.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
How are you called to be humble today?
How are you called to be obedient today?
How are you called to love today?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Today is a feast day, so we are called not to fast, but to celebrate! How can you celebrate St. Joseph today by practicing humility, obedience or love?
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Today's prayer was prepared by Sean Norris, Youth Minister at Our Lady of the Wayside Parish in Arlington Heights, IL.
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