The Babylonians destroyed the Temple of Jerusalem in 587 BC and took most of the people of Israel into captivity—moving them from their ancestral home to foreign lands. Psalm 137 engages the feelings of those displaced persons.
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Psalm 19 points in a similar direction and enables us to continue to reflect on Joseph as a just man in relation to the law of his people.
Do you want to hear Joseph pray? You might begin with Psalm 1.
“We need only ask Saint Joseph for the grace of graces: our conversion” (PC p. 9).
“In every situation, Joseph declared his own “fiat,” like those of Mary at the Annunciation and Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.”
Joseph, Vincent and Louise, Francis, and many others invite us to think about what is possible as we open our eyes to God’s grace for a different and better world.
Since Pope Francis declared this the Year of St. Joseph, I have given this figure of our faith some attention. I have invited Joseph into my world and sought his instruction.
In the current time with all our issues, St. Joseph can stand forth to teach us as a just man, as a worker and family man, as an obedient believer, and as a quiet person with an ability to listen.
My friends, the whole story during this holy season invites us to strengthen our faith within our closest community and to express it in the widest world.
This year something different in the Christmas readings captured my prayer and attention. Perhaps it suggests the times and the disposition of my mind and heart.
We can recognize the effort and success that people of good will exert to move us beyond the moment and onto the right track.
Two readings that regularly show up towards the end of the liturgical year capture my imagination.