The Holy Family is referred to as an ideal example of marriage. At the core of their success is selflessness, which is in complete opposition to what the world defines as important.
- Mary was selfless in her obedience to the will of God.
- Joseph was selfless in following the will of God and accepting Mary and her miraculous pregnancy.
- Jesus, of course, was selfless in his sacrifice for us on the cross.
Do we raise modern day Josephs anymore?
- Do we raise our children to listen to God’s call? To follow God’s will?
- Do we raise them to “man-up” when required, as Joseph did, and take on responsibility and sacrifice when it is required?
- Do we love our children unconditionally as Joseph did of Jesus?
- Are we open to God’s guidance like Joseph was when fleeing into Egypt? Would we be so brazen in our obedience to such a (radical) request?
- Do we cherish our spouse as much as Joseph did with Mary? Do we care for her and protect her?
- Do we raise the family in the orthodoxy of the faith?
Comparatively, very little is known of Joseph in the Bible. But we do know is more than enough. He was righteous. He was obedient to God’s call. He was selfless in his love for Mary and Jesus. And he was trusted to be the Earthly father of the Son of God.
As a husband or a father, are we being Joseph to our family?