St. Joseph knew that he was “only” a servant, but it was Jesus who taught him that he was a son. God became man so that we might become the sons of God. Can you imagine the purity and the intensity in the gaze between Joseph and Jesus, this man who was a most obedient servant of God and the Son of God whose very being was total love and obedient response to the Father? Two who shared this single bond of utter trust in the Father and utter obedience. This is the company into which St. Joseph invites you and me.
St. Joseph, the ultimate lesson you have taught me is that in every circumstance of my life, God is coming to me. Acknowledging this Mystery makes me greater than I am. At every moment I can be more than who I was before, not because I am better, but because I am more open to what God can do, is doing, will do for me and for others here and now.
O glorious St. Joseph,
to you God committed the care
of His only begotten Son
amid the many dangers of this world.
We come to you
and ask you to take under your special protection
the children God has given us.
Through holy baptism
they became children of God
and members of His holy Church.
We consecrate them to you today,
that through this consecration
they may become your foster children.
guide their steps in life,
form their hearts
after the hearts of Jesus and Mary.
who felt the tribulation and worry of a parent
when the child Jesus was lost,
protect our dear children for time and eternity.
May you be their father and counsellor.
Let them, like Jeus,
grow in age as well as in wisdom and grace
before God and men.
Preserve them from the corruption of his world,
and give us the grace one day to be united
with them in Heaven forever.
This is a different picture of St. Joseph. It makes me think of the times when St. Joseph must have felt lonely in his responsibility as the foster father of Jesus. Perhaps he wasn’t sure which decision to make. Maybe he talked with Mary long into the night, but then had to make the decision on his own. She trusted him. If you feel lonely or are bearing the burden of responsibility, turn to St. Joseph for guidance and comfort.