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Joseph (6) Joseph’s dreams, Joseph’s duties, Joseph’s death © Agnes Sam 2019   A Jewish boy attaining the age of twelve years,  is considered a man and is allowed to attend the Jewish temple.  When Jesus is lost  then found in the temple we can assume that he is twelve years old.  He attends the temple … Continue Reading »

joseph 5

Joseph’s Dreams, Joseph’s Duties’, Joseph’s Death. Joseph (5) © Agnes Sam 2019 There are two events in which Joseph features that are unmarked in the Roman Catholic calendar. Joseph is present in the stable in Bethlehem, and the Flight into Egypt from Israel when he takes Mary and the infant Jesus and flees to Egypt … Continue Reading »


Joseph 4 Joseph’s Dreams , Joseph’s Duties, Joseph’s Death . © Agnes Sam 2019 What of Joseph? What are Joseph’s achievements? Is Joseph a king or is he the son of a king? The New Testament authors will present us with Joseph’s descent from King David once he is accepted as the husband of the … Continue Reading »


Joseph 3 © Agnes Sam 2019 Joseph’s Dreams, Joseph’s Duties, Joseph’s Death .   What is it about Joseph and Mary that singles them out to be the earthly parents of Jesus? By the manner in which the visiting Angel addresses Mary it is clear to us. Mary is ‘full of grace’’. We associate ‘grace’ with the … Continue Reading »

Joseph 2

Joseph 2 Joseph’s  Dreams, Joseph’s Duties, Joseph’s Death. © Agnes Sam 2019   We know about two dreams that Joseph had: (1) The first is the dream that warns him to flee to Egypt from Israel and across a desert (2) The second is the dream that advises him  to refrain from  returning the Virgin Mary … Continue Reading »


Joseph’s Dreams. Joseph’s Duties. Joseph’s Death. We believe that the Angel Gabriel appears to the Virgin Mary at the time of the Annunciation providing us with the  words of the ‘Hail Mary’ and the Virgin Mary’s response  (that is excluded from the Hail Mary we Roman Catholics recite when saying the rosary.) We also  believe that  angels do not appear to Joseph. … Continue Reading »

Josephs Obedience

Joseph’s Obedience We know the narrative.  After the departure of the three Magi who visit the stable in Bethlehem  with Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh,  Joseph takes Mary and the new born infant and flee from Israel across a desert to Egypt.  But how do we read the unreadable subtext? How is an event that occurred two thousand years ago juxtaposed … Continue Reading »

Flight into Egypt

Joseph’s Flight into Egypt   Immigration conjures up several concepts to people across Europe and the United Kingdom. Fear, anger, hostility and resentment towards migrant workers and immigrants. To politicians it might suggest loss of a seat in parliament if they do not control immigration. To Roman Catholics in the United Kingdom and in other Roman Catholic countries in … Continue Reading »

Golgotha and Bethlehem

Golgotha and  Bethlehem copyright Agnes Sam 2018 As the Blessed Virgin Mary holds her crucified son in her arms does she recall the birth of her son in Bethlehem? Does she recall the stable in which He was born? The manger in which He lay. The animals surrounding Him.  The Blessed Joseph her husband is there to receive … Continue Reading »

Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday in the Passion of Jesus Christ copyright Agnes Sam 2018 Today is Holy Saturday in the Roman Catholic world and for many Christian communities. In the Jewish world today is the Sabbath. Jesus Christ died on Good Friday and had to be buried before midnight on Good Friday i.e. before the Sabbath day. The … Continue Reading »

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