Thought of the day
Sunday, December 18, 2016

Fourth Sunday of Advent

“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home”

The reason why Saint Joseph is particularly the Church's patron and for which the Church has high hopes in his protection and patronage, is that Joseph was Mary's spouse and was reputed to be the father of Jesus Christ. From this have followed his dignity, his favor, his holiness, and his glory. Of course the dignity of the Mother of God is such that nothing above her could be created. At the same time, since Joseph was united to the Blessed virgin through marriage, undoubtedly, more than any other, he came close to this most eminent dignity for which the Mother of God surpasses all other creatures. Marriage in fact is of all the most intimate union that entails by its own nature the communion of goods between the husband and wife. Moreover, in giving Joseph to Mary as her spouse, God gave her not only a companion for her life, a witness of her virginity, a guardian of her honor, but also someone she could share her sublime dignity with.

Similarly, Joseph stands out amongst all for his august dignity, because he was, by God's will, the guardian of the Son of God, looked upon by men as his father. This is also the reason why it is said that the Word of God was humbly submitted to Joseph, that he would obey to him and do all the duties children are asked to by their parents.

From this double dignity followed the responsibilities that nature imposes on fathers: Joseph was the guardian, the administrator and the legitimate and natural defender of the divine house, of which he was the head...Now, the divine house that Joseph governed with the authority of a father contained the beginnings of the newborn Church...These are the reasons why the blessed Patriarch looks over the Church since the multitude of Christians have been entrusted to him.