Commentary on the Gospel of
This gospel reading was a good recollection of St. Joseph as my role model. In today’s gospel we see Joseph as a righteous man. He, at first chose, not to disgrace Mary but divorce her quietly. In those days Mary could have been led out of town and stoned to death for her perceived indiscretion. Joseph chose the path of tolerance and love. This is something I need to remind myself about when I meet trying circumstances and difficult people. A message then came from an angel that Joseph followed without question. He was to remain with Mary as her spouse.
In my life I need to examine when God sends a messenger, do I listen? Am I even aware a message is being sent? Have I opened myself up to hear God? The message I received from his reading speaks to me as a father and a husband. Joseph is a role model that is there if I just choose to follow. The challenge is to put the choice into action
As I close I am also smiling at the end of this reflection. My wife’s name is Mary and friends and relatives often laugh and call us “the holy family.” This is certainly useful when we introduce ourselves meeting new people. Hopefully this is a model we can emulate. It is good to keep in mind in that, in the realm of spiritual growth, it is progress not perfection.