being your feast day, I thought of writing you a few lines mainly to show my
gratitude for all you did for Jesus and Mary, and for us all. Very few people are
greater than you are! Because being so close to Jesus and Mary, you are also
the most blessed and full of grace.
if you weren’t so special and blessed, God would not have trusted you with his
two most priceless possessions, marrying Mary, in spite of all the gossiping
that was going on before your engagement, and then taking the role of a foster
father of Jesus, protecting him, educating him and raising him from infancy to
adulthood. You are fairly unknown around the world, but at least at Christmas
time your image explodes all around the world with the millions of religious
Christmas cards exchanged between families and friends. And your image stands prominently in millions of nativities set up at Christmas time.
read in the Gospels that God always conveyed his messages to you in dreams and
during sleep. This doesn’t mean that He wanted you to be passive, as if you
didn’t know what was going on. We never see you in dialogue with Mary, or
giving your opinion in stressful situations. But you let Mary handle all
situations, as she dialoged with the Angel Gabriel, at the wedding at Cana, or
when Jesus was lost in the temple - she spoke, and you were silent. You stayed in the background. You receive
the message, and made sure it was worked out and implemented. That was your
divine mission and vocation - to be a silent instrument in the hands of God. I
bet you enjoyed teaching Jesus the carpenter’s trade and other duties around
the house at Nazareth. I always wonder what it was like to be in that house of
yours at Nazareth. Did Jesus obey you and Mary? Did he play any tricks on you?
Did he say his prayers daily? What were his favorite toys? And his favorite food?
Did he keep his room nice and tidy? Did he have many friends visit him at home?
Did he learn his carpenter’s tricks properly? Did he have any girlfriends growing
up as a teenager?
Saint Joseph, just as you protected Mary and Jesus, I ask you to protect our
church, of which you are its special patron saint. Give us more vocations
because we need priests and nuns to continue the work entrusted to them. Give
us good parents, responsible and loving, ready to sacrifice their lives for
their children and families, just as you and Mary did. Please pray for all
workers, that they may honestly give their share of labor and dedicated in
their mission, always admiring you as their patron saint, another feast we
celebrate on May 1. Be patient with us, dear St Joseph, because we
tend to be hard-headed and spoiled at times. Remind us always to be grateful
for all the blessings that you and your Son and wife give us, day by day.