Skip to comments.Day by Day -- Saints for All, Saint Joseph, Husband of Mary, 03-19-17
Posted on 03/19/2017 5:20:06 PM PDT by Salvation
Fr. Don Miller, OFM
The Bible pays Joseph the highest compliment: he was a just man. The quality meant a lot more than faithfulness in paying debts.
When the Bible speaks of God justifying someone, it means that God, the all-holy or righteous one, so transforms a person that the individual shares somehow in Gods own holiness, and hence it is really right for God to love him or her. In other words, God is not playing games, acting as if we were lovable when we are not.
By saying Joseph was just, the Bible means that he was one who was completely open to all that God wanted to do for him. He became holy by opening himself totally to God.
The rest we can easily surmise. Think of the kind of love with which he wooed and won Mary, and the depth of the love they shared during their marriage.
It is no contradiction of Josephs manly holiness that he decided to divorce Mary when she was found to be with child. The important words of the Bible are that he planned to do this quietly because he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame (Matthew 1:19).
The just man was simply, joyfully, wholeheartedly obedient to Godin marrying Mary, in naming Jesus, in shepherding the precious pair to Egypt, in bringing them to Nazareth, in the undetermined number of years of quiet faith and courage.
The Bible tells us nothing of Joseph in the years after the return to Nazareth except the incident of finding Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:4151). Perhaps this can be taken to mean that God wants us to realize that the holiest family was like every other family, that the circumstances of life for the holiest family were like those of every family, so that when Jesus mysterious nature began to appear, people couldnt believe that he came from such humble beginnings: Is he not the carpenters son? Is not his mother named Mary…? (Matthew 13:55a). It was almost as indignant as Can anything good come from Nazareth? (John 1:46b).
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Celebrated St Patrick’s today due to scheduling conflicts.
So we will also celebrate Joseph today with corned beef and cabbage.
I have always thought what an honor it was to be “chosen” as the earthly father of Jesus.
It brings to mind when John was “chosen” to take care of Mary while Jesus was on the cross.
God looks down for somebody to do something for the ones closest to Him and they were ready and able to be used.
St. Joseph bump on March 19th!
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