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March 26, 2020
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March 26, 2020

Feast of St Joseph – waking up to the voice of the Spirit

On the Feast of St Joseph, Husband of Mary on March 19, Vicar General Martin Sirju delivered a brief reflection on the gospel reading of the day via his Facebook account.

Joseph, he said woke up to the voice of the Spirit: “Joseph is a son of the Spirit, not as fully and perfectly as Mary [as daughter of the Spirit], but certainly, in a real way, a man of the Spirit, a son of the Spirit. And we see this in response to the circumstances of Mary’s pregnancy…”

He was justified by law to dismiss Mary but he knew there was a deeper concern, and that concern was not what he wanted nor what his family wanted, but what God wanted of him. “And so by the grace of that Spirit in a dream, that Spirit spoke to him in his heart, in his conscience …and when he woke up, he knew the correct thing to do.”

The Feast of St Joseph is a family-oriented one as he is not looked upon as St Joseph the Worker, but Joseph, Husband of Mary.  It is time, Fr Sirju said, to think about men, as husbands, as spouses, as fathers of their children, particularly their sons, thus providing “a unique opportunity, God has presented to us, despite all the darkness and death, families coming closer together”.

He urged that it was time for all to awaken to the voice of the Spirit to create a better world.

His reflection concluded with what possibly could be the blessings in this pandemic: “And the people stayed home, and read books and rested and listened and exercised, and made art and played games, and found new ways of being and were still, and listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced, some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently, and the people healed. And in the absence of people living in mindless, heartless and ignorant ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live, and healed the earth fully as they had been healed.” —SD