St Joseph, a man of the most incredible faith. Betrothed to Mary he was caught unawares when Mary became pregnant and was in the process of arranging for her to move discreetly out of the public gaze so that no shame would be brought upon her. Yet, moved by a dream where an Angel of the Lord appeared to him telling him the child was conceived by the Holy Spirit, he stayed by Maryâ€™s side and they travelled to Bethlehem where the child Jesus was born. Despite this child not being from Joseph, he took the boy Jesus in his arms and cradled him like a son, watching him grow and develop like any other father.
Josephâ€™s faith is nothing short of astounding. He believes the Angel of the Lord in his dream and immediately decides to stay with Mary and raise the Son of God. What would we do if an Angel appeared to us with this message? Would we have the faith of Joseph? Would we be prepared to put up with the public humiliation and stand by our wife? In todayâ€™s world the option of abortion is sadly all too readily available; would we just opt for the easy way out? Itâ€™s something we should perhaps ponder as a test of our own faith.
One thing is, however, certain. Joseph is a true beacon of faith for all of us.
by Anthony Horan