Readings for Today
Is there any other significant person in the Bible that has no spoken lines recorded? It is hard to imagine. But when we consider St. Joseph, he is a man who is not quoted as saying one thing. All we know about him comes through somebody else. People know him as Jesus’ father, we are told, not by Joseph, but by the writer of the gospel, that Joseph was having serious doubts and had decided not to take Mary as his wife, and by Mary herself we learn that Joseph was anxious at the disappearance of Jesus. Further, Joseph does not “stay on the stage long” in any gospel. Shortly after Jesus turns twelve, Joseph exits. There is not even any account of his death. Joseph is the silent man.
But what we do know of Joseph in the gospels is that Joseph was a just man. We see time and time again that Joseph displays his faith in God. In these stories we come to see that while he may not be recorded as speaking much, he clearly spoke much by the way he lived his life of faith. And in so many ways, that is the best speech that can be made.
All of the readings, through David, Abraham, and Joseph stress the promise. And in all instances, the message is clear: When God makes a promise, God keeps it. Plain and simple. David, Abraham, and Joseph all had difficulties, but in the end, all kept their faith in God that the promises made would be promises kept. And so as we celebrate St. Joseph, let us remember his faithfulness, and seek to imitate that in our own lives.