Yesterday, March 25, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Annunciation. We recalled that moment in history when God sent the angel Gabriel to ask Mary if she would be the mother of the Savior. The Gospel account reminded us of Mary’s deep faith and absolute trust in God, and the words of the angel, “For nothing will be impossible for God!”
The first reading for the solemnity was from the Old Testament Book of the Prophet Isaiah. The prophecy proclaimed was, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel, which means, ‘God is with us!"
At this moment in history when we are being confronted with the challenge of dealing with the coronavirus as a global community, we need to recall the promises. We, like Mary are being asked to have faith and place absolute trust in God. We need to keep in mind the promise of Jesus, “I Am with you always,” as his name Emmanuel means, "God is with us!"
I would like to share with you a prayer to our parish patron St. Joseph, another model for us of what it means to have faith and trust in God, written by St. Francis de Sales. I invite you to pray it every day during this time of crisis and uncertainly. As you pray it, feel the warmth of God’s love surrounding you, God’s presence with you, as promised by Jesus. Know that St. Joseph is interceding on our behalf, that we are not alone.
Glorious St. Joseph, most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, we beg through the heart of Jesus, grant us your personal protection.
Your power extends to every deed and knows how to change the impossible into the possible.
Let your fatherly eyes look upon the needs of your children.
In the difficulties and the sorrows that come our way we turn to you in confidence, placing in your loving care our present cause of concern, no matter how serious or burdensome.
Let there be a happy outcome for the glory of God and for the good of your devoted servants.
So be it. Amen.
Please remember that we are a community, a family, and we are St. Joseph’s strong!
– Fr. Dennis, March 26, 2020