Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

First Reading | 2 Samuel 7:4-5, 12-14, 16

It is only by God’s grace that we will be able to live the life we are called to. Whether we are called to be the pope or one of the flock, a bishop or a teacher in a secular school, a tradesman or a professional, God’s grace is the ultimate source of all we need to respond to His call.

4 The Lord spoke to Nathan and said: 5 “Go, tell my servant David, 12 ‘When your time comes and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins, and I will make his kingdom firm. 13 It is he who shall build a house for my name. And I will make his royal throne firm forever. 14 I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. 16 Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall stand firm forever.’”

Responsorial Psalm | Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29

R: The son of David will live forever.

2 The promise of the Lord I will sing forever; through all generations, my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness, 3 for you have said, “My kindness is established forever;” in heaven, you have confirmed your faithfulness. (R) I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant 5 forever will I confirm your posterity and establish your throne for all generations.” (R) 27 “He shall say of me, ‘You are my father, my God, the Rock, my savior.’ 29 Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him, and my covenant with him stands firm.” (R)

Second Reading | Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22

Through faith, we come to know God and His love. It is by faith that we are saved. Abraham received God’s promise through faith and not because he performed any works. Salvation comes to us in the same way—throughfaith in Jesus who accomplishes our salvation. Joseph is a model of faith. He always trusts in the Lord’s word for him.

13 Brothers and sisters: It was not through the law that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants that he would inherit the world, but through the righteousness that comes from faith. 16 For this reason, it depends on faith, so that it may be a gift, and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants, not to those who only adhere to the law but to those who follow the faith of Abraham, who is the father of all of us, 17 as it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not exist. 18 He believed, hoping against hope, that he would become “the father of many nations,” according to what was said, “Thus shall your descendants be.” 22 That is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Gospel | Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24 (or Luke 2:41-51)

Joseph’s life teaches us to have faith in God’s Word for our lives. In a dream, he receives God’s message. Joseph takes Mary as his wife despite the scandal and difficulties he knew it would cause him. Life is not easy for God’s servant. Let us be ready to embrace trials and difficulties as part of our service to God.

Gospel Acclamation

Blessed are those who dwell in your house, O Lord; they never cease to praise you.

16 Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ. 18 Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. 20 Such was his intention when behold, 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. 21 She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.” 24 When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.