It’s been a while since I posted anything but I have a few pieces in the works.
I did feel I needed to get something out to celebrate Christmas though. I thought about the traditional Christmas scenes and stories and it seemed that one character has taken the back seat in recent years, that of Saint Joseph.
He’s really a fascinating character in that he is brought is as the foster father of Jesus and the wife of Mary but disappears by the time Jesus starts His ministry. Tradition holds that he died, relatively young by some accounts, and didn’t get to see Jesus as the man He would grow to be.
Yet he takes this responsibility with gladness. He is the guardian, the custodian, the protector, the defender of the Holy Family.
I know this piece looks a little somber but I had in mind the times where Joseph had to take on the role of protector. Their life was not an easy one and they were chased to Egypt out of fear for their lives while innocent children were slaughtered for their sake. This must have been a traumatic time for them. I can only imagine how hard that news would have come.
But all through, even though led by dreams and angles, Joseph led his family faithfully before God, trusting joyfully in His salvation.
For that, he is an inspiration to all believers for all time.