Today we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph, Harmel Academy’s patron and the Protector of the Universal Church.
In this age of noise and chatter, St. Joseph offers to us a special model of faithful obedience. St. John Paul II tells us how in his Apostolic Exhortation, Redemptoris Custos:
“In the course of that pilgrimage of faith which was his life, Joseph, like Mary, remained faithful to God’s call until the end. While Mary’s life was the bringing to fullness of that fiat first spoken at the Annunciation, at the moment of Joseph’s own “annunciation” he said nothing; instead he simply “did as the angel of the Lord commanded him” (Mt 1:24). And this first “doing” became the beginning of “Joseph’s way.” The Gospels do not record any word ever spoken by Joseph along that way. But the silence of Joseph has its own special eloquence, for thanks to that silence we can understand the truth of the Gospel’s judgment that he was “a just man” (Mt 1:19). One must come to understand this truth, for it contains one of the most important testimonies concerning man and his vocation.”
As the world comes to a seeming halt, may we look to St. Joseph as a guide of faithful obedience. May we not be overburdened by our own work and anxious chatter about the future. Instead, may we listen to the word of God, and simply do as he asks. May we walk in “Joseph’s Way.”
Over the next several days, we will be offering regular reflections on the Joys and Sorrows of St. Joseph, a man confronted with a remarkable challenge who nonetheless remained a just man. Between today, the Feast of St. Joseph, and May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, we have 44 days to reflect on how this man of faith quietly, faithfully, and justly did what God asked him to do. May his prayers sustain us as we seek to do the same.
St. Joseph, Pray for Us.