Commentary on the Gospel of
Ever since Pope Francis spoke of having a statue of ‘Sleeping Joseph’ under whose head he places his petitions, the statue has become a hot favorite of many catholics. Let us pause before the statue and meditate on his ‘sleep.’ Here is a young man whose dreams of life came crashing down! (Though we tend to present him as aged due to our own hang-ups, there is nothing in the Scriptures that says so!) But he does not complain; there is no self-pity or temper tantrums. He sleeps, peacefully, trustingly, like Abraham whom Paul mentions today. Joseph truly has entered the “rest of God” (cf. Heb 4:10). In his restful sleep of trust, he receives God’s own dreams. He wakes up and fulfills them. So, perhaps instead of pushing our petitions under Joseph’s pillow to force God’s hands, we will do well to imitate his sleep of trustful rest, hoping to receive God’s dreams.