Today is the solemnity of St. Joseph, foster-father of our Lord. This is a special day for me, as I have always tried to look to St. Joseph as a model for my vocation as husband and father. What I find amazing is that the Scriptures present such a powerful image of this man, yet he doesn’t say a word in the biblical text. He is a man of action, not words, as he responds immediately and without question to protect his wife and child. May all husbands and fathers try to live as he did.
Proclaim the wonder, O Joseph,
to David, the ancestor of God:
you saw a Virgin great with Child,
you gave glory with the shepherds,
you worshipped with the Magi,
you received the news from the angel.
Pray to Christ God to save our souls!
Troparion 2 – Holy Righteous Joseph the Betrothed