Go to Joseph: A homily for the 3rd Sunday of Lent (A)

Gen 41:41-44
And again Pharao said to Joseph: Behold, I have appointed thee over the whole land of Egypt.
And he took his ring from his own hand, and gave it into his hand: and he put upon him a robe of silk, and put a chain of gold about his neck.
And he made him go up into his second chariot, the crier proclaiming that all should bow their knee before him, and that they should know he was made govenor over the whole land of Egypt.
And the king said to Joseph: I am Pharao; without thy commandment no man shall move hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.
So when ever anyone wanted to purchase food, the pharaoh would say: ‘Ite ad Joseph, et quid quid obis dixerit, facite’. ‘Go to Joseph, and do what he tells you.’

ITE AD IOSEPH … Gen. 41:55

True for St. JOseph’s namesake in Genesis, true for Saint Joseph husband of Mary….


We entrust ourselves to him, as Jesus and Mary did

If discouragement overwhelms you, think of the faith of Joseph; if anxiety has its grip on you, think of the hope of Joseph, that descendant of Abraham who hoped against hope; if exasperation or hatred seizes you, think of the love of Joseph, who was the first man to set eyes on the human face of God in the person of the Infant conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary. Let us praise and thank Christ for having drawn so close to us, and for giving us Joseph as an example and model of love. POpe Benedict XVI

Let us commend ourselves to our good father, St. Joseph, who is the Patriarch of troubled people, since he himself went through so much trouble. St Joseph Marello

Nothing will be refused St. Joseph, neither by Our Lady nor by his glorious Son. St Francis de Sales

Truly I doubt not that the angels, wondering and adoring, came thronging in countless multitudes to that poor workshop, to admire the humility of him who guraded that dea and divine chlid, and labored at his carpenter’s trade to support th eson and the mother who were committed to his care. St Francis de Sales