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Monday, March 19, 2018

Feast of St. Joseph

St. Joseph does not speak in the Gospels. He was a carpenter and no doubt taught Jesus his trade. He was a man who listened to his dreams and acted upon them. We really know so little about Joseph, but he must have been an important father figure for Jesus who gradually came to the realization that he was the Son of God. By then, I think Joseph had departed and Jesus was left to take care of his mother. 

As we need to start the stations of the Cross today, or continue with them, here is the third one according to Pope John Paul II:
Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin (Luke 22"66-71)
Jesus is led in for trumped-up charges.
Caiaphas declares "It is expedient that..."
"Are you the Son of God?"..."I am"....
"What further testimony do we need?"
The whole Sanhedrin formally hands over Jesus to Pilate desiring he be put to death.

Let us pray: O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, deliver us
-from the fear of being humiliated
-from the fear of being despised
-from the fear of suffering rebukes
-from the fear of being forgotten
-from the fear of being ridiculed
-from the fear of being wronged
-from the fear of being suspected.

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