Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
We enter into the month of March, a month dedicated to St. Joseph. This year, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as the Universal Patron of the Church, Pope Francis has declared a Year of St. Joseph, from 8th December 2020 to 8th December 2021. The greatness of St. Joseph is that he was the spouse of Mary and the foster Father of Jesus.
In the context of the pandemic that we are going through, St. Joseph becomes a model for all of us. St. Joseph is like most of us, ordinary people, who often get overlooked. The Pope mentions so many caregivers and others who do so much and never make it to the lime light. Each of us can discover in St. Joseph, the man / woman who goes unnoticed, a daily discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide, in times of trouble! It goes without saying that all of us can make do with all the help that we can receive, especially the heavenly protection of St. Joseph!
Even in the face of all the difficult situations he had to deal with, St. Joseph always remained obedient to the will of God. In light of these challenging times, the Holy Father invites all of us to follow the example of St. Joseph and to “set aside all anger and disappointment, and to embrace the way things are, even when they do not turn out as we wish. Not with mere resignation, but with hope and courage.” May we all be able to grow into the faith that St. Joseph displayed, not a faith looking for short cuts, but a faith that confronts reality with open eyes and accepts personal responsibility for it!
In union of prayers,
Fr. Joy Jacob, SDB