May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

St. Joseph

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Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

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. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. 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.  She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.

Joseph, like Mary, listened to the voice of the Lord and said yes. Just as we should be saying yes to the Lord, even when we are asked to do something that is hard, and we think it is beyond our capabilities. God knows what He asks and who He asks, so trust in Him and say yes.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, when I said yes you changed my life. I did things I never believed were possible. You have shown me your way is always the right one, Amen.

The son of David will live forever.


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In the days when Christ Jesus was in the flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

Jesus was in pain and anguish even before His arrest. He knew that God His Father could save Him but He was obedient to His Father’s command. He suffered and died in obedience. When we suffer and pray for relief, what do we do if it does not come? Do we submit as Jesus did and allow God to work in our lives? Or do we stop believing and give up?  Walk away from God?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am learning to try and see your plan when things do not go my way. Help me and guide me Lord that I never stray from you. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Create a clean heart in me, O God.

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Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said, “This is truly the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But others said, “The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he? Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David’s family and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So a division occurred in the crowd because of him. Some of them even wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not bring him?” The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.” So the Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived? Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed.” Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them, “Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?” They answered and said to him, “You are not from Galilee also, are you? Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.”

Then each went to his own house.

Not much has changed – if you believe different from the crowd there is something wrong with you. Differences of opinion should not result in this type of hatred and malice. We need to respect each side and speak honestly and fairly on the topic. How do you feel about people who do not agree with you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to always see through your eyes, so I never utter harsh or foolish word in an argument. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.

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Jesus moved about within Galilee; he did not wish to travel in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him. But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near.

But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret.

Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said, “Is he not the one they are trying to kill? And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him. Could the authorities have realized that he is the Christ? But we know where he is from. When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.” So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said, “You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.” So they tried to arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come.

He is reminding them that they do not know the Father. When Jesus comes again, will He remind us of the same thing? If we know who the Father is, why have we allowed the mess that has occurred? What have you done to spread the Father’s word? What have I done?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to change my corner of the world and bring your word to all those who do not believe. In Jesus’ name, I ask your help, Amen.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.

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Jesus said to the Jews: “If I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is not true. But there is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that the testimony he gives on my behalf is true. You sent emissaries to John, and he testified to the truth. I do not accept human testimony, but I say this so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light. But I have testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. Moreover, the Father who sent me has testified on my behalf. But you have never heard his voice nor seen his form, and you do not have his word remaining in you, because you do not believe in the one whom he has sent. You search the Scriptures, because you think you have eternal life through them; even they testify on my behalf. But you do not want to come to me to have life.

“I do not accept human praise; moreover, I know that you do not have the love of God in you.  I came in the name of my Father, but you do not accept me; yet if another comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father: the one who will accuse you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope. For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed me, because he wrote about me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”

Jesus is reminding them that His coming was foretold by the prophets. Yet they still did not believe Him. We have read the prophets, we have centuries of proof of His coming, death and resurrection yet many do not believe. What about you? Are you a doubter or believer? How do you deny truth?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to always have the words to profess your truth and stand up to doubters. You are the only truth. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Remember us, O Lord, as you favor your people.


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Jesus answered the Jews: “My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.” For this reason they tried all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God. 

Jesus answered and said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, the Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for what he does, the Son will do also. For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes. Nor does the Father judge anyone, but he has given all judgment to the Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life. Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he gave to the Son the possession of life in himself. And he gave him power to exercise judgment, because he is the Son of Man. Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation.

“I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.”

Jesus is the just judge, but He judges with mercy. He does not do His will but His Father’s and that is how He will judge. If you do not honor His Father you will not have eternal life. Do you honor the Father and Son?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Jesus’ mercy is what I need through my life. Help me to always honor you, so I may honor Him, Amen.

The Lord is gracious and merciful.

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There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep Gate a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes. In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.” Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked.

Now that day was a sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured, “It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.” He answered them, “The man who made me well told me, ‘Take up your mat and walk.'” They asked him, “Who is the man who told you, ‘Take it up and walk’?” The man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd there. After this Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him, “Look, you are well; do not sin any more, so that nothing worse may happen to you.” The man went and told the Jews that Jesus was the one who had made him well. Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus because he did this on a sabbath.

Do you notice that Jesus did not heal anyone else there? He could have healed them all with one word, but He did not. Something to ponder because we do not know. But He did not want the crowd to see Him then. But heal Him He did and He will heal you if you ask. It may not be the way you want, but you will be healed if you open up to Him.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know that when I ask for healing there are times I am not healed as I want, but as you want. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

The Lord of hosts is with us; our stronghold is the God of Jacob.

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