Saint Joseph MARCH 19
Everything we know about the husband of Mery and the foster father of Jesus comes from Scripture and that has seemed too little for those who made up legends about him.
We know he was a carpenter, a working man. He wasn´t rich for when he took Jesus to the Temple to be circumcised and Mary to be purified he offered the sacrifice of two turtledoves or a pair of pigeons, allowed only for those who could not afford a lamb.
Despite his humble work and means, Joshep came from a royal lineage. Luke and Matthew, they both mark his descent from David, the greatest king of Israel.
We know Joseph was a caring man. When he discovered Mary was pregnant after they had been betrothed, he knew the child was not his but was as yet unaware that she was carrying, Joseph in a dream and told him the truth about a child Mary was carrying, Joseph immediately took Mary as his wife. When the angel came again to tell him that his family was in danger, he immediately left everything he owned, all his family and friends, and fled to a strange country with his young wife and the baby. He waited in Egypt until the angel told him it was safe to go back.
We know Joseph loved Jesus and he was worried about the safety of this child entrusted to him. When Jesus stayed in the Temple we are told Joseph searched with great anxiety for three days for him.
We know Joseph respected God. He followed God´s commands in handling the situation with Mary and going to Jerusalem to have Jesus circumcised and Mary purified after Jesus´ birth. We are told that he took his family to Jerusalem every year for Passover, something that could not have been easy for a working man.
Joseph is also patron of the universal Church, fathers, carpenters, and social justice.
We celebrate two feast days for Joseph: March 19 for Joseph the Husband of Mary and May 1 for Joseph the Worker.