March 19, 2020
Dear Friends in Christ,
I write this note on the feast of Saint Joseph, patron of the universal church. When we reflect on his life, we can see how much faith he had to willingly be a part of God’s plan. He was asked by God to take Mary as his wife even though she was pregnant. He had to find a place for this wife to give birth since there was no room at the inn. He was asked by God to take Mary and the child Jesus and flee to Egypt to escape King Herod’s plan to kill Jesus.
These episodes reveal a man who faced many crises and yet trusted in God to grant him the courage and strength to meet these challenges and fulfill the responsibilities entrusted to him. Perhaps then, St. Joseph is an appropriate model for us in this challenging time.
We may not understand all that is happening around us at this time. But each time God’s people found themselves in an unsettling time or circumstance their cries to God did not go unheard. I’m sure St. Joseph, on many a night, with Mary and Jesus fast asleep, must have looked up to the star-filled sky and cried out to God, “Are you sure this is part of the journey?” Then he would rise to a new day and continue on. And so must we. St. Joseph, pray for us!
I miss you all. You are in my prayers.
Lenten peace and blessings,