Saint Joseph, called to assume the role of Jesus’ father on earth, is remembered and honored today. His feast is especially resonant for parents as we reflect on our call to care for children with the grace and humility he demonstrated.
The artist Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779) depicted Joseph’s call in the image below. I can’t help but notice the gentle authority on the face of the angel and the careworn face Joseph has already earned.
Joseph’s life unfolded in an unexpected way because of his call to parenting. Similarly, my life has been forever changed by the children God has entrusted to my care. So today I honor Joseph, who parented God Himself, whose example is a blessing.
Lesser Feasts and Fasts says of him,
The little that is told of him is a testimony to the trust in God which values simple everyday duties, and gives an example of a loving husband and father.
On Wednesday we provided a brief summary of his life as well as a suggestion for honoring him at your table with a vegetarian stew made from ingredients available during his lifetime.
A Prayer for Today
O God, who did call blessed Joseph to be the faithful guardian of your only begotten Son, and the spouse of his virgin Mother: Give us grace to follow his example in constant worship of you and obedience to your commands, that our homes may be sanctified by your presence, and our children nurtured in your fear and love; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
[Image credit: Anton Raphael Mengs [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons]
How do you honor St. Joseph?