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March 20

St. Joseph

Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?
—Luke 2:49


When Joseph and Mary found their son in the temple, they’d already been looking for him for days. They were panicked. At first they felt only relief—and anger. “Son, why have you done this to us?” Mary asked. I imagine Joseph frowning but thankful beside her. But then Jesus said, “Did you not know I must be in my Father’s house?” And just like that, they lost him again.

Joseph had always known he wasn’t Jesus’ “real” father, so maybe he was more prepared than Mary, but I doubt it. Are any of us prepared for the day when our children finally walk out the door and we have to accept that they are no longer ours and in some sense never were?

St. Joseph, patron of families, pray for us.

Lenten Action

► Read the article Family Prayers for Lent.

► Read a reflection on God’s Vulnerability by Cara Callbeck.

► Select Lenten books to accompany you this season.

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