There is a devotion to St. Joseph that gets more rich with every meditation – the Seven Sorrows and Seven Joys of St. Joseph on Seven Sundays leading up to his feast day on March 19th. Why this devotion that seems to parallel the Seven Sorrows of Mary?
Because St. Joseph was associated with Mary in her glorious privileges, he also had to suffer like her and his heart too was pierced by seven swords.St. Peter Julian Eymard
I love this answer…because he was associated with Mary. He is our example and mentor for going to Jesus through Mary.
Whereupon Joseph, her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately. But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost.”St. Matthew 1:19-20 DRC1752
How many of us look upon Mary and are just not sure what to do with her? We are good people, with no desire to be disrespectful, so we just set her to the side. Put her away privately, so to speak. But the angel makes it clear to Joseph, and so to us, that this is not the answer. Fear not to take Mary as your own. For that which is conceived in her, is of God.
And she shall bring forth a Son: and thou shalt call His Name JESUS. For He shall save His people from their sins.St. Matthew 1:21 DRC1752
St. Joseph’s association with Mary brought him into the closest proximity of the Word made Flesh. And what about us? We claim to want to be close to Jesus. What if we simply followed St. Joseph’s example? Don’t set Mary aside privately. Trust the angel of God who says “Fear not!” Associate with Mary in her rightful role as Mother of our Holy Family and allow ourselves to be pulled into close proximity of her Son, our Savior. Watch as each and every sorrow is transformed to joy.
There is much to learn about and from St. Joseph. Start today and continue for Seven Sundays.
From the book “Consecration to St. Joseph, The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father” by Donald H. Calloway, MIC:
- 1st Sunday
- 1st Sorrow: Saint Joseph Resolves to Leave Mary Quietly (Mt 1:19)
- 1st Joy: Saint Joseph’s Annunciation (Mt 1:20)
- 2nd Sunday
- 2nd Sorrow: The Poverty of Jesus’ Birth (Lk 2:7)
- 2nd Joy: The Birth of the Savior (Lk 2:10-11)
- 3rd Sunday
- 3rd Sorrow: The Circumcision (Lk 2:21)
- 3rd Joy: The Holy Name of Jesus (Mt 1:25)
- 4th Sunday
- 4th Sorrow: The Prophecy of Simeon (Lk 2:34)
- 4th Joy: The Effects of the Redemption (Lk 2:38)
- 5th Sunday
- 5th Sorrow: The Flight into Egypt (Mt 2:14)
- 5th Joy: The Overthrow of the Idols of Egypt (Is 19:1)
- 6th Sunday
- 6th Sorrow: The Return from Egypt (Mt 2:22)
- 6th Joy: Life with Jesus and Mary at Nazareth (Lk 2:39)
- 7th Sunday
- 7th Sorrow: The Loss of the Child Jesus (Lk 2:45)
- 7th Joy: The Finding of the Child Jesus (Lk 2:46)
He made him lord of His house, and ruler of all His possessions.Psalm 105:21 RSVCE