April 30, 2020frjohnma

“When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit'” (Matt. 1:18-20). 

Welcome to the pious month of May. It is heavily loaded with series of spiritual exercises. Enjoy it as we begin with the celebration of the gift of Work. Work as exemplified by St. Joseph, graced by the Blessed Virgin Mary and ultimately coming with the sanctification of the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life.

Our school of the Holy Spirit reveals the silent figure of St. Joseph in the events of the Holy Family and the history of our salvation. To buttress the foregoing point, the New Testament Gospel did not record any verse for St. Joseph. Yet, the influence of St. Joseph on the life of the Holy Family and our spiritual life is enormous. Praying reflectively with the Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary exposes the fact that the Holy Spirit and St. Joseph operated in one accord for the good and welfare of the Holy Family and for our salvation. For example, from the Annunciation scene, the Virgin Mary was already betrothed but only to be found pregnant. St. Joseph respected the angelic message that said that the child was from the Holy Spirit, and respectfully took Mother Mary as his wife, served and protected her and the Child Jesus. St. Joseph -Pray for us!

In view of the foregoing words, we find the core message of St. Joseph to us in the School of the Holy Spirit. Our entire life subsist in the grace of God. Grace of God in the sense that the love of God which has been poured forth into the human heart through the Holy Spirit molds the love of God in us towards perfection and the fulfilment of all that we need (cf. Rm. 5:5). Applied to St. Joseph, he was chosen by God to be the protector and guardian of His greatest treasure, namely, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

St. Joseph’s life confirms the theological rule that says, God favours a person with special grace to accept a lofty mission and vocation. God adorns the person chosen with all the gifts of the Spirit needed to fulfill the task at hand. Put differently, God chooses the unqualified to qualified them. We can verify the above expressions in the life of St. Joseph as God the Father in the Holy Spirit, enthroned him above the angels to care and serve Jesus Christ and the Blessed Mother Mary. St. Joseph remained faithful to death and he was rewarded by the saying: “Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.”

Dear friends in Christ, what we have exposed about St. Joseph also applies to you and me. According to St. Paul, we are called and equipped differently in order for mission in the Church, the family and society (Eph. 4:12). The example of St. Joseph reveals that when God calls a person, He equips the person with gifts, charisms and ministries through the Holy Spirit. However, it is true that sometimes we do not connect with the fact that Eckhart Tolle projects, “You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are.” Therefore, we need to ask the Holy Spirit again and again for gifts to fulfil our purpose in life. This time ask the Holy Spirit, through the intercession of St. Joseph. St. Teresa of Avila is a special devotee of St. Joseph and we can emulate her by seeking the gifts of the Holy Spirit through St. Joseph.


Welcome to the special month of our Blessed Mother Mary. May devotions are geared toward reflecting on the person of the Blessed Virgin Mary. What is true about her and what is her role in the salvation of humankind? What is her place in your spiritual life? I pray that you will experience a special encounter with Our Lady and in doing so she may share with you her Heavenly blessings for you to testify about her Son and her maternal intercessions. Amen.

Comments (12)

  • Francis-Mary

    May 1, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Thank you Fr for sharing. More grace always.

    1. frjohnma

      May 1, 2020 at 9:02 pm

      I am grateful!

  • AndyMarie

    May 1, 2020 at 1:13 pm

    May St Joseph the guardian of the two most loved person’s by God that is Mary and Jesus grant us the grace to be continually close to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

    1. frjohnma

      May 1, 2020 at 9:03 pm

      Son of St. Joseph thank you!

  • Louis Mathias

    May 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Amen and amen 🙏 Fr, thanks for this insightful thought on the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. May God bless you with more insights

    1. frjohnma

      May 1, 2020 at 9:03 pm

      Promoter of St. Joseph thank you!

  • Batomaria

    May 1, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    St. Joseph help me to allow God fulfill the purpose for which He brought me into existence,and like an arrow in His holy quiver, be guided in the direction of His Devine target – salvation of my soul and and the souls of others. Holy Mary, pray for us

    1. frjohnma

      May 1, 2020 at 9:04 pm

      The insightful Bato, thank you!

  • Pauline Otu

    May 1, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Amen, thank you Father. May St Joseph the Walker & our Lady continue to intercede for us all amen

    1. frjohnma

      May 1, 2020 at 9:06 pm

      I am eternally grateful!

  • Juliana-Mary Ukeje

    May 1, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Amen. Thank you very much Father and may you also receive Her special maternal care and blessings during this special month of Hers and always.
    Thank you also for your reflection on St. Joseph and his exemplary life of selfless service under the special guidance of the Holy Spirit. His unbelievable life of silence must have some how enhanced his understanding of the language of the Holy Spirit; not a single word was credited to him throughout the Gospel!
    May he also obtain for us the necessary disposition and graces to be useful instruments of the Holy Spirit in our respective vocations so as to ‘’enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold’’ as wonderfully projected by Eckhart Tolle; this is indeed very elating and encouraging! Many thanks again Father and happy new month.

    1. frjohnma

      May 1, 2020 at 9:07 pm

      I sincerely appreciate your generous heart and sharing!

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