Cycle B

Good News B16a

Joseph Took Mary, His Wife into His Home

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24 New American Bible

Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24 Bible Gateway New International Version


There are many times when Angels appeared to people and told them not to be afraid. Joseph was afraid because Mary was with child and it was not his child. In those times, women were stoned to death if they had been with another man. In Mary’s case, she was with child because of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, Joseph listened to the Angel and took Mary into his home.

If you find someone being treated badly for no good reason, do what you can to help them. God could send Angels today to warn you when you are making a mistake. However, he might just send another person or put an idea in your mind that clears them of the evil charges.

If your brother is beating up on your sister because he thinks she broke his favorite toy, and you know your sister didn’t do it. Perhaps you did it by accident or you saw who did it. Then you can tell your brother who really did it and ask him to stop hitting your sister. God will look down and smile at you when you take up for someone who has been wrongly accused of a crime.

When you choose to do a good thing for someone, instead of hurting them God is very happy with you. He will put another treasure in your box in heaven. Tell God you are thankful for your many blessings. Tell him thank you for your brain and eyes and wisdom to make good choices to help yourself and others grow closer to him. God will welcome you into his heavenly home. You can sit in the rocking chair with him for hours and hours on end, laughing and singing together.


Say the “Our Father.” Ask God to give you straighten out unjust situations. Ask him to give you wisdom, kindness, and the willingness to stand up for justice for yourself and others.     


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.




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