Do we remember the two parables that Our Lord spoke to us. The parable of the mustard seed and the image of the woman who buried the yeast in three measures of wheat flour? The mustard seed is the smallest of seeds and yet in time grew to be a large tree that the birds of the air came to dwell on its branches. And the yeast made the bread rise without anyone really noticing it happening.
Saint Joseph was a humble servant of the Lord. He did not see the future, nor did he pretend to. He believed what was revealed to him regarding the birth of the Son of God. This is the secret of the kingdom of God. Humility, simplicity and trust in the Lord are what bring forth fruit and growth. He was satisfied with doing the will of God in his daily life. He listened to the voice of the angel not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife. Then Joseph and Mary had to go to Bethlehem to be registered according to a decree. After the birth of Jesus, Joseph was warned in a dream to rise in the night and take Jesus and Mary to Egypt because “Herod was seeking the life of the child”.
Saint Joseph knew nothing of the future. He knew that God was working through him and had a plan. He simply obeyed God’s call.
After the time in Egypt, the Holy Family returned to Nazareth and lived a simple life, virtuous life.
Sometimes we may feel that we are not doing enough, or may not have opportunities, or maybe are not doing what God really wants us to be doing. But in reality, God is the one who is directing our live. Yes, we are to put every effort into doing what God is asking of us. There is this old adage, “we will do our best and God will do the rest”. That is exactly what Saint Joseph did. He was not driven to follow his own agendas. He followed God’s lead. He had direct conversations with Jesus, the Son of God, and was truly devoted to his holy Spouse, Mary. He did what was expected of him as the guardian of the holy family and he listened to the voice of God. That small and simple faith was part of God’s great plan of redeeming mankind.
We are all part of this. When Jesus told the parable of the mustard seed and the woman who took the yeast and mixed it with the flour, he asked two questions in the beginning…..”What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to?” We all may have our own way of answering this question. For we are all part of the kingdom of God. We are God’s servants. And in these questions, Jesus is asking us the actual question, “What do you think?” What shall we answer him?