We are in the midst of relishing the joy of this Christmas Season! On the First Sunday after Christmas Day also recognized as the last Sunday of the year, we hear the story of the Holy Family: Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. Prior to this family, we hear of the covenant relationship God established with Abraham and the whole nation of Israel. We come to the Holy Family and see the fulfillment of this covenant in Jesus, the logos. Of all three members of this family, I’d like to reflect on Joseph.
Considered one of the most silent characters in the whole New Testament, Joseph cares for Mary with such fidelity & tenderness. He defines manhood as he desired to protect and provide for his family. Joseph’s intentions are all rooted in his deep trust in God who, through an angel, assured Joseph to not be afraid. Because of his role, he has been named universal guardian of the Church. We turn to him in times of distress and unrest in the life of the Church.
No family is ever perfect, but every family is called to holiness. Every family is called to focus their lives and household towards God, to live in covenant relationship with Him. In this season of Christmastide, let us ask Joseph to protect us, Mary to teach us to give our lives to her Son, and Jesus, the God who asked his creature for human love, to serve and love him unreservedly.