when the days of her purification were fulfilled according to the law
of Moses, they took Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord - as
it is written in the law of the Lord, 'Every male that opens the womb
shall be called holy to the Lord' - and to offer a sacrifice according
to what is said in the law of the Lord, 'a pair of turtle doves or two
behold, there was in Jerusalem a man named Simeon, and this man was just
and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit
that he should not see death before he has seen the Christ of the Lord.
And he came by inspiration of the Spirit into the temple. And when His
parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom
of the law, he also received Him into his arms and blessed God, saying:
you dismiss your servant, O Lord, according to your word, in peace because
my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared before the face of
all peoples, a light of revelation to the Gentiles, and a glory for your
His father and mother were marveling at the things spoken concerning Him.
And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, His mother:
this child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel,
and for a sign that shall be contradicted. And your own soul a sword shall
pierce, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.'" (Lk 2:
tells them that Jesus will be a sign of contradiction, the standard which
men will either follow or oppose. And he adds that the Son's sufferings
will be intimately connected with his Mother's sorrows.
sorrows of Jesus and Mary are made known in greater detail. This revelation
enables St. Joseph to glimpse more clearly the mystery of the Son's cross.
It is impossible to guess the depth of his suffering. He always wanted
to protect the Child whom he loved with the greatest of fatherly love,
for, as St. Pius X says, he is "the virgin father of Jesus."
Now he understands with new insight all the Old Testament prophecies related
to Christ's passion.
Joseph's mind and heart have been marked by the cross. With the exception
of the Virgin Mary, no other human being suffered so much.
Mary offered her Son on the cross, so did St. Joseph. This offering constitutes
the holy patriarch's greatest act of generosity. "It took all the
generosity of his love to offer Jesus and Mary to God. It was his supreme
sacrifice since he loved them immeasurably more than his own life."
(Garrigou- Lagrange, "The Mother of Our Savior)
glorious St. Joseph, model of faithful fulfillment of God's plans, the
prophecy of Simeon about the future sufferings of Jesus and Mary brought
mortal fear to you but at the same time filled you with blessed joy for
the salvation and glorious resurrection which he prophesied would follow
for numberless souls.
this sorrow and this joy, obtain for us that we may be among those who
through the merits of Jesus and the intercession of the Virgin Mother
are to rise in glory.
Specifically, I ask that.... (mention in silence the favor asked and pray
one Our Father, One Hail Mary and one Glory Be).