Here’s what we think we know historically about Joseph: He was an observant Jew, possibly an ardent nationalist, a distant descendant of King David, and a “tekton”—the Greek word that we usually translate as “carpenter” but which generally means someone in the building trades. Matthew portrays him as a man of deep faith, open to the mystical interpretation of dreams, marked by great compassion, and dedicated to God’s will for him. All of this, coming in the middle of Lent, serves as a reminder that Jesus who became Christ was a historical person living in a particular place at a particular time. That history is part of the truth of the salvation that we celebrate.

2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16. God’s prophetic promise to David that his house will continue “forever before me; your throne shall stand firm forever.”

Psalm of the Day: Ps (88) 89
This psalm is attributed (in its words or its tune or both) to Ethan the Ezrahite, a very wise person mentioned in 1 Kings 4:31. This long psalm begins as a hymn in praise of God, faithful to the covenant, but then in verse 38 it turns into a lament that God has punished and even forgotten “David,” that is, the nation. The psalm, which ends Book III of the Book of Psalms, concludes with a doxology. Today’s selected verses come from the hymn part of this psalm.

Cantaré Eternamente (Martínez) FYC 228
Cantaré Eternamente/Forever I Will Sing (Reza) FYC 229/JS 64
For Ever I Will Sing (Alstott) JS 63
For Ever I Will Sing (Guimont) RS 117
For Ever I Will Sing (Haugen) GC 82/G2 76/RS 118
For Ever I Will Sing (Kreutz)  WC 423
For Ever I Will Sing/Cantaré Eternamente (Krisman/Guimont) WOR4 66
Forever I Will Sing (Schoenbachler) GP 227
Forever Will I Sing (Bolduc) WC 424
The Son of David Will Live Forever (Currie) RS 119/WOR1027

Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22. In his defense of faith as primary even over Torah, Paul evokes the example of Abraham, “father of us all,” who believed in God’s promise. It was this act of faith, Paul says, that “was credited to him as righteousness.”

Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a. Joseph’s willingness to believe his dream makes possible his marriage to Mary and the provision of a home for the one who “will save his people from their sins.”
Luke 2:41-51a. The story of the finding of Jesus in the Temple with a play on the title “father” applied to Joseph (by Mary) and to God (by Jesus).

Other Songs for the Liturgy

Amazing Grace WOR 583/CH 447/PMB 323/WC 685/CBW673/MI-BB/GP 14/LMGM 173/G2 434/GC 612/GC2 586/JS 460/SPS 265
Be Not Afraid G2 430/GC 608/GC2 596/GP 602/JS 579/PMB 446/RS 734/SPS 271/WC 852
By All Your Saints Still Striving PMB 524/RS 887/WOR706/WC 962
Canticle of Simeon GP 439/JS 234/PMB 183/SPS 115/WC 457
Come Now, and Praise the Humble Saint GP 440/RS 875/WOR 694
Come, Sing a Home and Family PMB 220/WC 970
Glorioso San José FYC 474
Holy Patron, Thee Saluting JS 258
Joseph, Be Our Guide and Pattern WOR 693
Lord, Bid Your Servant Go in Peace CH 439/RS 874/WOR 691
Now Let Your Servant Go G2 562/GC 776 /GC2 767
Nunc Dimittis  GC2 85
O Blessed Saint Joseph CH 341
O Joseph, Mighty Patron PMB 523/WC 967
St. Joseph, Great Protector JS 257
Saint Joseph Was a Just Man WC 965
Saint Joseph Was a Quiet Man CH 342
The Hands That First Held Mary's Child WC 969
Those Who Love and Those Who Labor CH 481/RS 805/WOR 632
Those Who Seek Your Face (first set of verses) GP 447