His is a silence permeated by contemplation of the mystery of God, in an attitude of total availability to his divine wishes. Let us allow ourselves to be "infected" by the silence of St Joseph! We have much need of it in a world which is often too noisy, which does not encourage reflection and listening to the voice of God.
|Everything we know about the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus comes from Scripture and that has seemed too little for those who made up legends about him.
The Holy Bible says about Joseph as “a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame” (Matthew 1:19). He was a JUST and righteous man. What is this “just or righteous” means? If someone has to be JUST he needs to fulfil the duties to God, neighbor, and himself. Then only we can call him. Or her JUST. When Bible say, Joseph was JUST, it means he was open to listen and fulfill the will of God completely without any restrictions or boundaries. He became just and holy by opening himself totally to God, to his family and to himself.
| As catholic, our call is the same as St. Joseph. We are called to be Just and Holy. Holiness is not just for few people. It is a universal call to everyone. If Joseph, a carpenter, can be just and holy, we all can also become just and holy. Joseph guided the Holy Family through all the difficulties and pains taking responsibility for everything. Joseph’s life was a quiet life with simplicity, joy, and wholeheartedly obedient to God—in every step of his life which begins with life with Mary, birth of Jesus, which continues up to his death. This family went through so many difficult situations like our very own families. But St. Joseph was faithful to God, his family and to himself. He was a compassionate and caring man. He was a man of faith which led him to be obedient to God. Even in the time of tribulations and struggles he held on to his faith trusting in God.
As Catholics, we are also called to this ardent love and faith in God in all the walks of our life. We will also face so many problems, obstacles, hurdles, and painful situations. St. Joseph is our role model and inspiration. He will guide us throughout our lives. As we are called to be Just and Holy, let us try to answer that call by being open to listening and fulfilling the will of God. Fulfilling the obligation to God, to the neighbor, and to oneself will lead us one step closer to that holiness. St. Joseph will intercede for us. Let us pray to St. Joseph.
Reference : Catholic Online
We know he was a carpenter, a working man, for the skeptical Nazarenes ask about Jesus, "Is this not the carpenter's son?" (Matthew 13:55). He wasn't rich for when he took Jesus to the Temple to be circumcised and Mary to be purified he offered the sacrifice of two turtledoves or a pair of pigeons, allowed only for those who could not afford a lamb (Luke 2:24).
Despite his humble work and means, Joseph came from a royal lineage. Luke and Matthew disagree some about the details of Joseph's genealogy but they both mark his descent from David, the greatest king of Israel (Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-38). Indeed the angel who first tells Joseph about Jesusgreets him as "son of David," a royal title used also for Jesus.
We know Joseph was a compassionate, caring man. When he discovered Mary was pregnant after they had been betrothed, he knew the child was not his but was as yet unaware that she was carrying the Son of God. He planned to divorce Mary according to the law but he was concerned for her suffering and safety. He knew that women accused to adultery could be stoned to death, so he decided to divorce her quietly and not expose her to shame or cruelty (Matthew 1:19-25).
We know Joseph was man of faith, obedient to whatever God asked of him without knowing the outcome. When the angel came to Joseph in a dream and told him the truth about the child Mary was carrying,Joseph immediately and without question or concern for gossip, took Mary as his wife. When the angelcame again to tell him that his family was in danger, he immediately left everything he owned, all hisfamily and friends, and fled to a strange country with his young wife and the baby. He waited in Egyptwithout question until the angel told him it was safe to go back (Matthew 2:13-23).
We know Joseph loved Jesus. His one concern was for the safety of this child entrusted to him. Not only did he leave his home to protect Jesus, but upon his return settled in the obscure town of Nazareth out of fear for his life. When Jesus stayed in the Temple we are told Joseph (along with Mary) searched with great anxiety for three days for him (Luke 2:48). We also know that Joseph treated Jesus as his own son for over and over the people of Nazareth say of Jesus, "Is this not the son of Joseph?" (Luke 4:22)
We know Joseph respected God. He followed God's commands in handling the situation with Mary and going to Jerusalem to have Jesus circumcised and Mary purified after Jesus' birth. We are told that he took his family to Jerusalem every year for Passover, something that could not have been easy for a working man.
Since Joseph does not appear in Jesus' public life, at his death, or resurrection, many historians believeJoseph probably had died before Jesus entered public ministry.
Joseph is the patron of the dying because, assuming he died before Jesus' public life, he died with Jesusand Mary close to him, the way we all would like to leave this earth.
Joseph is also patron of the universal Church, fathers, carpenters, and social justice.
We celebrate two feast days for Joseph: March 19 for Joseph the Husband of Mary and May 1 for Josephthe Worker.
There is much we wish we could know about Joseph -- where and when he was born, how he spent his days, when and how he died. But Scripture has left us with the most important knowledge: who he was -- "a righteous man" (Matthew 1:18).
In His Footsteps:
Joseph was foster father to Jesus. There are many children separated from families and parents who need foster parents. Please consider contacting your local Catholic Charities or Division of FamilyServices about becoming a foster parent.
Saint Joseph, patron of the universal Church, watch over the Church as carefully as you watched over Jesus, help protect it and guide it as you did with your adopted son. Amen