Posted May 23, 2013 in The Pope's Corner:
St. Joseph, the Protector

by Pope Francis. 

The mission which God entrusts to Joseph is that he is to be the protector. The protector of whom? Of Mary and Jesus; but this protection is then extended to the Church.

How does Joseph respond to this calling? … By being constantly attentive to God, open to the signs of God’s presence and receptive to God’s plans, and not simply to his own….

In him, dear friends, we learn how to respond to God’s call, readily and willingly, but we also see the core of the Christian vocation, which is Christ. Let us protect Christ in our lives, so that we can protect others, so that we can protect creation.

The vocation of being a "protector," however, is not just something involving us Christians alone; it also has a prior dimension which is simply human, involving everyone.

It means protecting all creation, the beauty of the created world, as the Book of Genesis tells us and as St. Francis of Assisi showed us. It means respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live.

It means protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need, who are often the last we think about.

It means caring for one another in our families: husbands and wives first protect one another, and then, as parents, they care for their children, and children themselves, in time, protect their parents.

It means building sincere friendships in which we protect one another in trust, respect, and goodness.

In the end, everything has been entrusted to our protection, and all of us are responsible for it. Be protectors of God’s gifts….

Excerpted from the homily at the Inauguration Mass on the Feast of St .Joseph, March 19, 2013


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