Matthew's Gospel portrays Joseph as a man of deep faith, open to the mystical interpretation of dreams, marked by great compassion, dedicated to God's will. An observant Jew, a distant relative of King David, he worked as a tekton —someone involved in the building trades. Legend says that Mary and Jesus were with Joseph when he died in Nazareth in the early years of the first century. The readings for today fit in well with the notion of the fulfillment of divine promise that runs through the Sundays of Lent.

2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16. The prophecy of Nathan to David is chosen because of the claim that Jesus and, according to Matthew, his presumed father, Joseph, were members of the family of David.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (88) 89. The psalm weaves together several styles of poetry: lament, hymn, oracle. Today's excerpts focus on the oracle form, echoing the prophecy of the first reading.

Cantaré Eternamente (Martínez) FYC 228
Cantaré Eternamente/Forever I Will Sing (Reza) FYC 229/JS 64
For Ever I Will Sing (Alstott) JS 63
Forever I Will Sing (Bolduc)  WC 424
For Ever I Will Sing (Guimont) RS 117
For Ever I Will Sing (Haugen) GC 82/GC2 49/RS 118
For Ever I Will Sing (Kreutz)  WC 423
Forever I Will Sing (Ridge) GP 226
Forever I Will Sing (Schoenbachler) GP 227
The Son of David Will Live Forever (Currie) RS 119/WOR1027

Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22. Describing the key role of faith, Paul evokes the image of Abraham in words that Christians also apply to Joseph: “He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed . . . He believed, hoping against hope . . .”

Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a. Joseph receives his mission through a dream about an angel.
Alternative: Luke 2:41-51a. Joseph and Mary find Jesus in the Temple.

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
Be Not Afraid G2 430/GC 608/GC2 596/GP 602/JS 579/PMB 446/RS 734/WC 852
By All Your Saints Still Striving PMB 524/RS 887/WOR706/WC 962
Canticle of Simeon GP 439/JS 234/PMB 183/WC 457
Come Now, and Praise the Humble Saint GP 440/RS 875/WOR694
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