Pondering for Thursday, March 19, 2020

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Readings for Thursday after the Third Sunday of Lent: Year 2

Psalm [83] or 42, 43; Psalm 85, 86 Gen. 46:1-7,28-34; 1 Cor. 9:1-15; Mark 6:30-46

“You give them something to eat” (Mark 6:37)

The crowd has been following our Lord Jesus until late in the day.  They were tired and now hungry.  The disciples warned Jesus to send them home so that they could feed themselves.  Jesus said no, “You give them something to eat.” True Christians take responsibility for what needs to be done. Our Lord Jesus has them to take stock of what they have, five loaves and two fish. Admittedly not enough without God getting involved but Jesus takes it, blesses it, breaks it, and gives it.  The lesson here is not to take stock of what we have, but to take what we do have, bless it to God, divide it up and distribute it as we are then able. With God, all things are possible.

Part 2 of 2

Daily Office Readings for St Joseph for March 19

Psalm 132; Isaiah 63:7-16;  Psalm 34; 2 Chronicles 6:12-17; Ephesians 3:14-21 Matthew 1:18-25

“When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife” (Matthew 1: 24)

Joseph, whom we remember today the 19th of March, is my Patron Saint of Fatherhood.  I say this because he was a man obedient to God and protector of Mary, the Mother of our Lord. We have no words from Joseph in any of the Gospels. We only have the record, mainly from the Gospel of Matthew, that he was kind to Mary and did not want her to suffer any harshness because of her supposed indecency of being pregnant out of wedlock.  Joseph makes me wish that I had been more of a praying father as I raised my children. Joseph doesn’t seem to be a bullish man nor a harsh father.  He accompanies Mary back to look for the lost child Jesus in Luke’s Gospel. When they find him, only Mary speaks. The Eucharistic Gospel Reading for the Feast of St. Joseph is Luke 2:41 – 52. There we read, “When his parents saw him, they were astonished. “His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” (Luke 2:48)  Joseph participates in the background.  Apparently Joseph teaches Jesus to be more than just a carpenter.  Joseph teaches our Lord Jesus to respect women, make things from wood and obey the Lord. Joseph listened to what the Spirit was saying to him and he obeyed.  All fathers should follow St. Joseph’s lead.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John

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