Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
There is not much written in the Bible about St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus. Yet in this passage, you understand all that you need to about this holy man. He listened to God and followed His will even though the circumstances were questionable at best. How many of us would just blindly follow God if He called us to do the impossible?
Yesterday was the anniversary of my own father’s departure from this life and hopefully onto the next one with God. My dad was a wonderful person – smart, funny, talented, understanding, tough at times, but mostly loving. I am one of six children so he and my mom had their hands full to say the least.
I know my dad lived a good life although by most standards, he died young. He was a man of morals and character and lived each day with those virtues. He was a great example of a father and of a human being. I loved my dad and continue to love and miss him each day.
St. Joseph was also a man of morals and character and even though we don’t read too much about him, he is the best model for all fathers to follow including “fathers” of the priesthood. St. Joseph listened to God and obeyed without question. He raised Jesus even though He was not his natural son and gave him all the love and support that any father should give their child. He taught Jesus how to be a man. I know that Jesus was kind and loving because He is God, but I believe that St. Joseph had a lot to do with that as well.
Thank you, St. Joseph for your obedience to God and His Will for your life. By saying yes to Him, you changed the course of all human history. Let us all think of St. Joseph as we listen for God’s voice in our own lives and hopefully have the courage and faith of this holy man to say yes to God.