Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
2 SM 7: 4-5A, 12-14A, 16
ROM 4: 13, 16-18, 22
MT 1: 16, 18-21, 24A, OR LK 2: 41-51A
“Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them.
Are you ever confused by God’s plan for your life? In the Gospel for today, we see that even Mary and Joseph were confused by God’s plan sometimes. After they worried for four days as they looked for their son, they were relieved to find him, and all Jesus had to say was, “Didn’t you know this is where I would be?” That must have been a confusing response from a twelve-year-old boy. Much like Joseph and Mary, I know that I’ve looked back on experiences in my own life and heard a similar question from God echoing in my mind. God is constantly surprising us with His presence in our lives, often in ways we don’t expect. We can go through life, attempting to see how God is working, and despite seeing Him moving, not understand it. The great thing about Lent is that we can gain clarity on the amazing plan God has for us.
Lent is a time for reflection, for stepping back to see the bigger picture or for leaning in and see the minute details of how God is working in our lives. Through this season, we pray more, we step into Christ’s footsteps, and we try to understand what God is saying to us. This process of reflection draws us closer to God and opens our ears and heart to the words He proclaims in our daily lives through the world around us and the people we interact with. I pray that during this Lenten season, you can be more attentive to the flow of God’s workings in your life. And maybe, with a little help from the Holy Spirit, we can gain an understanding of His plan for us.
Sarah Ferretti is a sophomore majoring in Nursing from St. Louis, Missouri.