Solemnity of St Joseph, spouse of Mary: Monday 20th March, 2023

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DGeMs- Daily Gospel eMessage

Dear Friend in the Lord,

Joseph – “Chosen Man”: Today’s Gospel records how Joseph became the husband of Mary, who conceived the Messiah through the Holy Spirit.  Ponder on, “Joseph was not only a man of great virtue, but a man specially chosen by God, to be the guardian-foster father of the Messiah.  Do we also nurture and love Jesus daily?”

Fr Philip Heng, S.J.

Matthew 1:16,18-21,24

Jacob fathered Joseph the husband of Mary; of her was born Jesus who is called Christ.

This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being an upright man and wanting to spare her disgrace, decided to divorce her informally.

He had made up his mind to do this when suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’

When Joseph woke up he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do.