Joseph, the husband of Mary, is a quiet and unassuming man, in the bible. He is humble, he is obedient to God, and he is pure.
We do not hear much about him, but I imagine that it must have been a great worry for him to take a wife that people might be talking about.
And that was the least of his problems because she was having her first baby, and the king had ordered that firstborn babies be killed.
But Joseph protected the mother of Jesus, and in doing so, protected the baby as well.
Joseph also took care of Mary and Jesus through the years.
Throughout his life, his humble profession as a carpenter, though lowly, allowed him to teach Jesus how to make useful things from the woods in the area. Joseph understood that nobility is about acts of service, not money.
They were not privileged enough, when Jesus was born, to have a room at the inn, or even a doctor, but even so, Jesus was healthy and protected and acknowledged by angels, shepherds and wise men, when he was delivered.
Joseph must have been industrious when Jesus was growing up, because not only did Jesus help his father in his trade, he was able to communicate to the elders in the temple when he was only twelve, and that spirit of Love communicated, shone bright, like the star when Jesus was born.
As mothers, who protect and value life, and our babies, we appreciate the Josephs in the world. I have such a “Joseph” in my life right now and he is my husband.
He is quiet, unassuming, and thoughtful. He is protective, caring and industrious. He values motherhood and he protects innocent children.
And, like the Joseph who was a spiritual provider for Jesus, my husband has been a role model and spiritual provider to our family.
“Truly he taught us, how to love each other, his law is Love and his gospel is peace…and in his name all oppression shall cease”.
Joseph was like George, in “Its a wonderful life”…someone who made sure that everyone around him was taken care of. And all the good he was doing his whole life, though he was unaware, it was not going unnoticed. George heard and then listened to the “angel voices” didn’t he? And he was blessed.
“Fall on your knees, oh hear the ANGEL VOICES, oh night, divine, oh night when Christ was born”.
Thank you God for Joseph, and all the husbands in the world, who are like Joseph, who inspire, protect, and serve, and who hear and listen to the angel voices, because we are very grateful for them.