God’s participation in human affairs was active in the time of Isaiah, in the time of Mary of Nazareth, and is still so today.
There are still plenty of false gods around clamoring for our attention.
The message of God’s enemies often seems more attractive than that of His friends.
The commandments are directions God gives us so that we can function most productively in accord with what God made us to be.
We are oppressed by our sins. We have no right to God’s care. We can only ask for God’s mercy.
As patron of the universal Church, Saint Joseph is still active in God's plans, still looking out for all of us.
God does not persist in anger. He has compassion on His people and treads their guilt underfoot.
The story of Joseph presents us with the theme of the suffering of the just man.
To what extent do I rely on human hearts? To what extent do I rely on the Lord?
Today's reading highlights the response that representatives of the Church today sometimes receive when they call God’s people to repentance.