St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

First Reading II Samuel 7:4-5,12-14,16
Second Reading Romans 4:13,16-18,22
Gospel Matthew 1:16,18-21,24

When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him….

Saint Joseph has two feast days during the Church year. On May first we celebrate the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker. The Church on that day reflects especially upon how St. Joseph shows the great dignity in such an ordinary thing as work. On March 19th, we celebrate Saint Joseph as the husband of Mary. The Church today celebrates the fidelity—the faithfulness—that’s reflected in the life of this man Joseph. All of the readings on today’s feast draw our mind to the enduring nature of the covenant between the Lord and His People.

It is the spousal nature of Joseph’s life that mirrors in his earthly life and work the enduring fidelity of the Lord. That is to say, today’s feast is primary, while his feast on the first of May is an extension of what the Church meditates upon today.

From his place in heaven, St. Joseph is the patron of the universal Church, that instrument by which the Lord wishes to make a covenant with each member of the human race, making each person a member of His divine Son’s Body. It is the Church that proclaims to the world yet converted the faithfulness of the Lord, and it is the Church that is given by the Lord the promise that He will strengthen us in all the trials and even failures of our vocations within the Church.