From all eternity, the Holy Trinity planned on creating one man to protect, support and care for God the Son while He was a child. This would be the man who would perfectly model the Heavenly Father in His role as foster father and gentle husband.
He had the job of protecting Mary's reputation when she became pregnant under the power of the Lord God. Joseph was the faith filled man who clearly heard the Voice of God when the Angel of the Lord directed him to flee to Egypt with the Son of God and His Mother. The total obedience of Joseph was seen again when he brought his family back to Israel to live in comparable quiet and peace the rest of their lives.
What a special person Joseph must have been! He was the closest person to the heart of the young Jesus, next to Mary, the Lord's Mother. Joseph held the Blessed Mother and felt the young child kicking as Jesus moved in His mother's womb. Joseph saw the Face of the One that centuries of holy men and women had longed to see when the child was delivered into his arms. Joseph heard His first words, saw the Master of the stars take baby steps on the planet that He had created, and rejoiced to teach Him the Torah, word by word.
Joseph was a man who led a life that seemed very ordinary, working with his hands as a carpenter, a trade he probably learned from his own father or a family member. This was the same skill he passed on to Jesus, as any good Jewish father would do. That's why the people knew Christ Jesus, as "the son of the carpenter."
Not one word was ever recorded in Scripture from Joseph's lips. Yet, the Holy Spirit, by the pen of Saint Matthew, a fellow Jew, states that he "was a just man." What greater compliment could God ever pay anyone!
I have a personal love for this silent but good man who so loved Jesus Christ. I love to celebrate the four great feast days of Saint Joseph; which are:
MARCH 19th-his "spiritual birthday" into Heaven
MAY 1st-the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker and probably his earthly birthday
JANUARY 28-the wedding date of Joseph and Mary
and also in the United States, we celebrate:
SAINT JOSEPH AND MARY OF THE PROVIDENCE
This is a modern feast, held on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in the United States, that celebrates Joseph and Mary as working parents. Together they supported Jesus and their extended family's children with the labor of their hands.
The prayer in honor of this devotion is listed on this page, along with a traditional prayer called The Cloak of Saint Joseph. Please join us in these prayers during this Month of November to ask the Holy Trinity to bless the unemployed with good jobs, to bless the works of our hands and to bring a just wage to working men and women everywhere.