The Gospel of Matthew presents the most Scriptural information on St. Joseph. Although there might not be many verses about him, we can learn much from what is packed into those verses.
We are first introduced to St. Joseph through the genealogy that St. Matthew presents in his Gospel. The genealogy ends with, "and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ." (Mt 1:16) In this last part of the genealogy, the pattern is broken.
The usual pattern indicated that a person was the father of another person. However, Joseph is not listed as the biological father of Jesus. By abruptly changing the pattern, St. Matthew has prepared us for the story of the Nativity which he wants to tell. And, in this story, we learn several important characteristics about Joseph.
Joseph, the Just Man
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Joseph, a Man of Immediate Obedience
All of these are characteristics, we should strive for in our own lives. Let us ask St. Joseph that we might receive and act upon the grace to be like him in order that we, too, can unite ourselves more fully with Jesus.
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