The Holy Scripture remains almost completely silent about St Joseph. It was GOD’s will to keep the Holy Family hidden from the world until JESUS Himself lifted this veil. The people had not deserved to have knowledge about this secret, and the SON of GOD had to grow up under the cover of concealment. Joseph had the great election to be daily with JESUS. Next to Mary, the Immaculate Mother, Joseph had the greatest share in grace.
Joseph lived a hidden life. His virtuous merits, his good deeds in his family and towards so many poor people remained hidden. He teaches us that it is possible to live happily without great pomp, that real fame is possible without fuss and showing off – simply through the testimony of modesty, honesty, of serving and silence. If we follow the example of St Joseph, the world has little influence on us. We see and hear the hustle and bustle, but it does not impress us. The glory of this world does not last.
It is a great help for us to contemplate the greatness and dignity of St Joseph in order to understand his hidden life, which he loved so much. Let us also admire the variety of ways that Joseph went without questioning why. He trusted and believed. He knew the Scriptures and the sayings of so many prophets. But it never occurred to … more