- St. Joseph respected Mary’s family. When St. Ann was trying to pick a suitable husband for Mary, she asked all of the suitors to lay their staffs in front of their home and that she would choose one of them in the morning. Whichever staff she chose, the owner could become Mary’s husband. The next day, when St. Ann went outside to pick a lovely flower had grown on St. Joseph’s staff and that is how he was chosen. This is why he is frequently presented holding a flower. St. Joseph trusted St. Ann’s plans, and they both trusted in God’s plan for them. He didn’t balk at or try to change the process, which proved his love for Mary and trust in God.
- St. Joseph was strong. We know he was a carpenter. He taught his trade to Jesus. But what gets lost in that translation is that he did all his work without power tools and any modern convenience. Being a first-century woodworker required brains and brawn in order to produce quality products to sell and support his family.
- St. Joseph had endurance. He traveled with a very pregnant woman on a donkey nearly 100 miles to Bethlehem. Then after the birth of Jesus, he had Mary traveled with the small child another 400 miles into Egypt. That’s a lot of walking and a lot of responsibility.
- St. Joseph was brave. It was brave to accept a pregnant Mary as his wife. It was brave to take on the responsibility of traveling with her when she was so close to giving birth. It was brave to escape the wrath of Herod and flee into the desert. It was also brave to return to Nazareth and take up life once again. All the while Joseph trusted the dreams and signs that God Sent him. All of that faithful following of God’s will is what makes St. Joseph great.
- St. Joseph was humble. We don’t hear from St. Joseph in the Bible much after Jesus gets left at the temple. That’s probably because he lived a simple family life with his wife and foster son. He worked, played, ate dinner at home, and took care of his family until his death. By living his extraordinary life in an ordinary way, St. Joseph modeled humility and a holy life for all of us.
Copyright 2019 Elena LaVictoire
About the Author
Elena LaVictoire is a graduate of Baker College and a retired medical transcriptionist. She is married and homeschooled six children. Elena is a public speaker on the topics of marriage, homeschooling, and confirmation preparation. She was also a contributing author to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. Elena practices and performs with her flute and records with the Peace Together Choir. She blogs at MyDomesticChurch.com.