Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Official Translation

Reading 1 – 2 Samuel 7.4-5a, 12-14a, 16

The word of the Lord came to Nathan, saying,
“Go and tell my servant David,

When your days are fulfilled,
and you sleep with your fathers,
I will set up your seed after you,
who shall proceed out of your loins,
and I will establish his kingdom.
He shall build a house for my name,
and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
I will be his father, and he shall be my son.

Your house and your kingdom
shall be made sure forever before me.
Your throne shall be established forever.”

Responsorial – Psalm 89.2-3, 4-5, 27+29 Resp. 37

R. The son of David will live forever.

I will sing of the loving kindness of the Lord forever.
With my mouth, I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
I indeed declare, “Love stands firm forever.”
You established the heavens and your faithfulness is in them.”

R. The son of David will live forever.

“I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David, my servant,
‘I will establish your seed forever,
and build up your throne to all generations.’”

R. The son of David will live forever.

He will call to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, and the rock of my salvation!’
I will keep my loving kindness for him forever more.
My covenant will stand firm with him.

R. The son of David will live forever.

Reading 2 – Romans 4.13, 16-18, 22

Brothers and sisters:
The promise to Abraham and to his seed
that he should inherit the world
was not through the law,
but through the righteousness of faith.

For this reason it is of faith:
that it may be according to grace,
to the end that the promise
may be sure to all the seed,
not to that only which is of the law,
but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham,
who is the father of us all.
As it is written,
“I have made you a father of many nations.”

In the eyes of God,in whom he believed,
who gives life to the dead,
and calls the not existing as the existing.

In hope he believed against hope,
that he might become a father of many nations,
according to that which had been spoken,
“So will your seed be.”

Therefore it also was “reckoned to him for righteousness.”

Gospel – Matthew 1.16, 18-21, 24a

Jacob became the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary,
from whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ happened in this way:
After his mother, Mary, was engaged to Joseph,
but before they came together,
she was found pregnant by the Holy Spirit.
Joseph, her husband, being a righteous man,
and unwilling to shame her,
resolved to divorce her secretly.
But while he thought about these things,
behold, an angel of the Lord
appeared to him in a dream, saying,
“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid
to take in Mary, your wife,
for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
She shall give birth to a son.
You shall call his name Jesus,
for it is he who shall save his people from their sins.”
Joseph arose from his sleep,
and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him,
and took his wife in.

Or Luke 2.41-51a

Jesus’ parents went every year
to Jerusalem at the feast of the Passover.
When he was twelve years old,
they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast,
and when they had fulfilled the days,
as they were returning,
the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem.

Joseph and his mother did not know it,
but supposing him to be in the company,
they went a day’s journey,
and they looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances.
When they did not find him,
they returned to Jerusalem, looking for him.

After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting in the midst of the teachers,
both listening to them,
and asking them questions.
All who heard him
were amazed at his understanding
and his answers.

When they saw him, they were astonished,
and his mother said to him,
“Son, why have you treated us this way?
Behold, your father and I were anxiously looking for you.”
He said to them, “Why were you looking for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
They did not understand the saying which he spoke to them.
And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth.
He was obedient to them.

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