St Joseph and Herod
St Joseph is not a celebrity in the ordinary sense of the word. It can be summed up in the sentence: he was the most holy Spouse and the best father of mankind. All other things that people are in the habit of saying and writing about great men pale into insignificance beside this merit. Let us read about the life of St Joseph, which is so impressive and worthy of imitation, e.g. in “The Life of St Joseph” by C. Baij.
The greatness of this father probably shines out best in his battle with Herod. Here Joseph becomes a hero and a martyr. Joseph emphasises to the tyrant his right of ownership over the Child, not with words, but with deeds, and sacrifices his peace, his existence, his home to save the Child. Nothing proves so much the seriousness of the situation as the fact that we are forced at every moment to prove things that used to be a matter of course. In this time of expropriation, the question of property is being ignored. Example: parents have their children taken away, somewhere, never to appear again. The Angel said: „Take the Child and His Mother and flee to Egypt!“ Joseph, the man in charge, immediately recognised the danger. He instantly set out and fled to Egypt with Mother and Child. There are cases in which fleeing means bravery and remaining in danger means madness. This was the case with Joseph. He would rather live abroad, unemployed but free, than hand over his most Beloved One to the tyrant.
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