Be ‘HOT’ like St. Joseph, bishop tells faithful

Be ‘HOT’ like St. Joseph, bishop tells faithful

Bishop Jesse Mercado enters the St. Joseph Parish Church in Parañaque City after pushing the Holy Door, formally launching the Year of St. Joseph in the diocese on Jan. 19, 2021. PHOTO BY MICHAEL DALOGDOG

By Michael Dalogdog

January 20, 2021

Manila, Philippines

Even amid challenges, St. Joseph lived a phenomenal vocation in God’s plan of salvation, an example for all Catholics to imitate, a church official said.

Bishop Jesse Mercado of Parañaque said an important aspect of St. Joseph is the spiritual work he had shown throughout his life.

He invited the people to look at Joseph and work on those life challenges the way the saint did.

“St. Joseph is very ‘HOT’ — humble, obedient and trusting,” Mercado said. “So let us be like St. Joseph… HOT people.”

“God is at work in our lives. All we need to do is to trust in Him. To obey is to listen, and to trust is to do what God is asking us,” he said.

The bishop was preaching during Mass at the St. Joseph Parish in Parañaque City on January 19.

The celebration also included the opening of the parish’s Holy Door for the Year of Saint Joseph.

According to him, the three characteristics of St. Joseph is “the secret of holiness”.

“It is by being simple, by being honest and by being able to give yourself fully that you can show your love for Jesus and for others,” he added.

Pope Francis on Dec. 8 announced a Year of St. Joseph to mark the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the Universal Church.

The year started on the same day and concludes on Dec. 8, 2021, according to a decree authorized by the pope.

The pope said he established the year so that “every member of the faithful, following his example, may strengthen their life of faith daily in the complete fulfilment of God’s will”.

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