Sometimes All You Can Do is…

And that’s a good thing! Laughter heals. Laughter brings people together. Laughter distracts. Lately, I’ve been laughing a lot! I think about the Holy Family often. What was their life like in those ancient days? Did they laugh a lot? Did they have fun? I’m assuming that, contrary to the paintings, statues and drawings that depict the members of Holy Family as solemn and serious, there must have been great joy! Joseph and Mary were raising the Son of God who came to be the Messiah. They were His parents. How could they not rejoice! How could they not celebrate the Holy Feasts with the joy that no one has known before. (God has a marvelous sense of humor, doesn’t He? He didn’t let anyone recognize Jesus’ Divinity other than Mary and Joseph.) Jesus lived a hidden life with Joseph and Mary, in Nazareth, and they seemed perfectly NORMAL!

Even though there were probably angels all around adoring Jesus, the neighbors didn’t see them. The family fit into their local community.

St. Joseph must have had friends in Nazareth, as did Mary, the Mother of God. Together, they attended the synagague. God was the focus of their attention. He came first in their lives. This was the culture of the time. They had extended family. There was nothing extraordinary about their lives.

The community of Nazareth saw a normal family. Joseph must have worked to support his family. They were probably poor, but they were happy. They did not draw attention to themselves, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t smile and laugh. If they were not amialble people, they would not have been accepted in Nazareth. Of course, the Holy Family faced difficulties, as did the rest of the community. When the community celebrated the Holy Days, the Holy Family also celebrated. The laughed. They smiled. They prayed. They danced.
in later years, when Jesus revealed his mission to the people of Nazareth, they doubted. The people of Nazareth could not accept Him.

He came to his hometown and began to teach the people in their synagogue, so that they were astounded and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these deeds of power?  Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas?  And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all this?
Matthew 13: 54-56

Today, St. Joseph’s feast day, we celebrate his quiet way of life. He was the protector, supporter, and leader of the Holy Family. There are no recorded words of St. Joesph. He still prefers to remain hidden, quietly, on the sidelines, helping those who seek his help.
When seeking a patron saint for intercession, go to St. Joseph. He’s the patron saint of so many different things. Jesus gave Joseph much work to do in eternity. All we have to do is ask, St. Joseph for help. He’ll be there for us, just as he was for his family. We are St. Joseph’s extended family. We are the sisters and brothers of Jesus. St. Joseph extends to us the same love, protection, and support that he gave to Mary, the Mother of God, and Jesus.

When in need, simply invoke Joseph.

St. Joseph, pray for us!
Defender of the Holy Family, pray for us!
Amen.

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