Faithful urged to thank the Lord for the gift of St. Joseph’s faith

On the eve of the Solemnity of Saint Joseph this year, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula urged the faithful to thank the Lord for the gift of utmost faith that the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus exemplified.

In his homily for the last Novena Mass to St. Joseph before the community of Santuario de San Jose in Makati on March 18, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that God chose the right person to prepare his Son, who shall rule his Kingdom on Earth.

“Joseph was of the house of David, making Jesus an heir of David; but also because, with Mary, Joseph formed his son Jesus well, inculcating the kingdom values in his heart. Napakarunong ng Diyos na pumili ng isang magaling na karpintero ng puso upang hubugin ang Siyang magpapakilala at magtataguyod ng kanyang paghahari sa lupa,” he said.

The Archbishop of Manila also shared the lessons that Christians must learn from St. Joseph such as holding the faith in the darkest of times and translating the faith in loving neighbors.

“Mas madaling manampalataya at sumunod sa Diyos kung tirik ang araw at maliwanag ang lahat, kung walang nakaambang panganib, at kung walang sakripisyo at pagbabaliktad ng buhay na hinihingi. Subalit itinuturo sa atin ng ating patrong si San Jose na katiwa-tiwala at maaaring tayaan ang Diyos, na ang pananampalataya ay paninindigan, umaga man o gabi, at na sa mga panahon ng kadiliman, mas dapat sumangguni, makinig, at kumapit sa Diyos,” Cardinal Advincula stressed.

“In our gospel, he is described as righteous. This means that he conscientiously observed the laws of his time and was thus recognized by the community as a just man. But in this particular scene where he opts to divorce Mary quietly, we learn that his righteousness springs from faith and not from the strictures of the law. While he had all the right to report her for the apparent sin of adultery, he was unwilling to expose her to shame and showed concern for the child in her womb. His faith in the God of love and mercy provided him a certain viewpoint within which to value, understand, and implement the law. This scene shows us that he did not only know the laws of God. More importantly, he knew the God of the law. And he enacted this through his decision that effectively spared the life of Mary and his child,” he added.

He also pointed out that even in the point of death, St. Joseph entrusted his life to the Lord and “recognized the mysterious, but loving hands that took care of him and his family throughout their journey”.

“Such Father has not failed and will not fail. He can therefore entrust his family to him and die in peace,” Cardinal Advincula said. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)


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