Today, 19th March is the feast day of St. Joseph. Roman Catholics commemorate the life of St. Joseph today. He is the step father of Jesus and husband of Holy Mary. These are the facts all know about St. Joseph. I am going to share some special thoughts on St. Joseph.
Very few references are there in the Holy Bible about the husband of Mary and the step father of Jesus. Before marriage with Mary, Joseph came to know that his would be was pregnant. Being genuine in his feelings, he thought to abandon that marriage secretly, as he did not want to accuse Mary for that. During that time, the punishment for a woman, getting pregnant out of marriage, was very severe. Because of his strong faith, he was guided by the angel to accept Mary as his wife. Without any hesitation and doubt he accepted Mary as his wife. No more thoughts about the consequences. How bold he was! Sincerely, he made arrangements for the birth of Infant Jesus. After the birth of Jesus, he had to flee from Bethlehem to rescue Jesus from the hands of the cruel king Herod. When Jesus became 12 years old, he had to run along with Mary to search Jesus in the Jerusalem Church. He was the dedicated father who brought up Jesus with love, care and affection. He was the sincere husband of Mary who cared and respected his wife. That was a small and beautiful family which found the real happiness in serving God.
The greatest quality of Joseph, that we see in the Bible is his willingness to surrender his will to the Will of the Almighty. All through his life, he was ready to accept whatever God had given him. As an ordinary man who was working hard as a carpenter for his daily bread, he was humble and genuine in his heart.His strong beliefs directed and guided him always. He got revelations in his dreams. That beliefs might have guided him to trust Mary. We can’t see the sins like accusations, complaints, anxiety and greed in Joseph. He was so pure, humble and innocent in heart. The real follower of God.
Make a small comparison of Joseph with the new generation. Can anybody tolerate, if he happens to know about the illegal pregnancy of his would be?. Will anybody be willing to bring up that kid as his own?. Will anybody be anxious about that child? We will be irritated, uncomfortable, anxious and restless to any such news. We all are afraid of the society, what will the society think, that will be our only problem.
Yes, there is something divine in the attitude of St. Joseph. He is called for that renunciation. He is the person who deserves more respect and love. He, who has taught us the qualities of humility, boldness, innocence, obedience to God and love to spouse, has shown us the way to follow him. Let us respect him as the role model and practice these qualities.