Posted on in Saints Are Us by The Rev. David Marshall
This time of the year so much is written and celebrated about Mary that we often pass over the forgotten parent, Joseph of Nazareth. Joseph lived, worked and died in Nazareth, where he raised and cared for his family. In the Gospels attributed to Matthew and Luke his lineage is traced back to King David. He was a builder and work was plentiful as King Herod the Great was authorizing the redesign of the cities of his kingdom. Joseph was a quiet man in the remote village of Nazareth, thus he traveled to where the work was, in order to support his family. He was a considerate, Just and loving spouse, as well as a father to Mary’s first born, Jesus. Consider that God the Father entrusted His Son to this man. Joseph brought the boy up as his own son and taught him how to make a living, how to provide for a family and modeled to Jesus what Manhood is about. He also taught him how to be a faithful son of the Living God, a true son of the tribe of Judah. He taught Jesus all of the lessons that carried Him into adult life: Faith, Compassion, Love, fairness with others, everything He needed to know as an adult. It is believed that Joseph died before Jesus began His public life, and as a faithful son cared for his mother. Joesph gave his son the foundation to use to build His life on. Seven days before the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25th) the Christian Churches celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph (March 19th).
As you contemplate the Pilgrimage of Advent and celebration of Christmas, remember the protector who stands strong, vigilant and silent with his wife and son. It is in humility and silence Joseph carries out his most important role, that of a father to Jesus.
See you next week when we explore the road to Bethlehem on our Spiritual Pilgrimage.
I am your bro. John, O.C.P.