Hollison Journey

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” – Don Williams Jr

Ol’ Joe

on March 19, 2009

Today is one of my most favorite days – the feast of St. Joseph. He is actually so great, he gets two feast days (May 1st is the other one).

Joseph is known for being silent in the Gospels. But so much is revealed by his actions and by the words spoken about him. A few weeks ago, Tim Staples pointed out that Matthew writes that Joseph was a righteous man (Mt 1: 19) and that doesn’t mean he was a great surfer.

On Catholic radio last week, someone was talking about this very verse and said something I had never thought of before. He theorized that Joseph’s decision to divorce Mary quietly after she was “found to be with child” wasn’t all about sparing Mary from social outcast – it was also about Joesph realizing that something divine was at work and he thinking he needed to step away and let God do His work with Mary. That is why Gabriel was sent – to tell Joseph that he was part of this plan as well.

We may never know if that was Joseph’s thought. We do know however of his obedience. Divorcing Mary would have been obedience to Mosaic law, and taking her into his house was obedience of God. We never hear that Joseph complained or questioned. He just did. He was a man of action and his actions spoke louder than his words. We see it again and again, from his taking Mary to Bethlehem for the Census to fleeing to Egypt to escape Herod.

I have been blessed to know some very special men named Joseph, and while none of them are silent (hehe), they each are definitely men of action who strive for obedience. May they continue to find strength from Saint Joseph.

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