Third Thursday of LENT
March 19, 2020

WORD of the DAY

The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1: 20 b-21)

How shall I live this Word?
Joseph is a figure full of dignity joined to great respect for Mary. An angel came to him in a dream and told him of the Mystery that Mary his spouse held within her for a very high mission. She was to be the Mother of Jesus who would save His people from their sins. Joseph too has a mission regarding us. He tells us that was saves us is not many words, but silent immersion in God’s plans, although we cannot always understand them.

Lord, in my life as well, there are sometimes realities that I do not understand. Grant that like Joseph I may accept the aspect of Mystery that surrounds my life here on earth. Increase my faith in You, dear God, and help me to do everything only for Love of You.

The voice Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, FMA in: L’UOMO GIUSTO, S. Giuseppe il custode del Redentore p. 37 (The Just Man, St. Joseph, Guardian of the Redeemer)

I ask you, Joseph, make us capable of awe, guide us to Christ in Mary so that we may become young again in Him at every moment of our life. Awaken in us the secret murmur of a childhood that needs the Lord so as not to be suffocated and to become instead one with Him in true maturity in the Spirit. May your Jesus clean out anything that is shriveled, old, that opposes the perennial newness of His grace. May the mystery of His Salvation renew us each morning at our awaking, like the sky is renewed as soon as the dawn transfigures it.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail: Website: Blog: Comment by Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, FMA

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