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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for March 19, 2016

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SATURDAY, March 19        Saint Joseph

Luke 2:46 After three days they found Jesus in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

I’m sure Mary and Joseph must have been angry. They were probably a bit angry at themselves for losing their son in the crowds, assuming he was with others. They must have been angry with Jesus. But I wonder if there was more. Were they at least a little proud of their son? He was holding his own, sitting in the temple learning from the teachers. I love the humanizing aspect of this story, this one little insight into the dynamics of the Holy Family.

I also love that this scripture reminds us that Jesus grew over his lifetime: “Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.” How did he grow? When he gained the wisdom of years, how was it different for this son of God? We know he was without sin, but I wonder if he ever thought back and wished he’d done something differently? There is so much to ponder in these few verses, so much wisdom and understanding for us to gain. Today we remember Saint Joseph, guardian of the incarnate word, who was present to see this Jesus grow up.

PRAY for the Diocese of Boga (The Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Today the Church remembers Saint Joseph.

Ps 89:1-29 or 89:1-4, 26-29; 2 Samuel 7:4, 8-16; Romans 4:13-18; Luke 2:41-52



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