Solemnity of Saint Joseph

“Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ. (Matthew 1:16)

Today, we celebrate the solemnity of St. Joseph. He is my role model both as a father and a man. He was entrusted to care and protect the most important mother and child in the history of mankind. He did his job humbly and honorably. As author Heather King writes, “We say Mary is humble but perhaps the only person more humble, more burdened, less thanked, was Joseph.”

Last night before I went to bed, these words about St. Joseph flew from my heart: In the morning when I pray, I wonder how you prayed. I wonder if Mary and Jesus slept without worries in their hearts knowing that you were with them.  That’s how I hope my wife and children feel about me.

Thanks, St. Joseph for your gift of humility and love.