Pondering for Thursday, September 12, 2019

Daily Office Readings for Thursday of Proper 18

Daily Office Readings for Thursday of Proper 18 Year 1

AM Psalm 50; PM Psalm [59, 60] or8, 84 1 Kings 18:1-19; Phil. 2:12-30; Matt. 2:13-23

“Then Josephgot up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt.”  (Matthew 2:14)

I think Joseph should be the patron saint of fatherhood (that is if he is not already).  In all the Gospels Joseph gets no air time.  There are no words from Joseph to us, only the witness of his obedience to what God wants. 

Joseph is the earthly father of Jesus.  We know that he is not the biological father.  But that has nothing to do with his call to be the father or Jesus.  What does count is his trust in what God wants.  While his eyes are on his son, his ears are affixed to God’s lips.

I believe all fathers should take a page from Joseph’s play book. I have never seen a greater need for faithful fathers than today. I am a father of both biological and non-biological children. I love them all equally. We have never used the term “step” for children or father.  I am “dad.” 

What I have learned from Joseph is that a father’s voice is not nearly as important as his faithful adherence to what God wants. Joseph maintains his relationship with Mary, the mother of Jesus, knowing the baby is not his but that loving her is in accordance with God’s will.

Joseph, who is a carpenter by trade, picks up and moves his family to a distant land and then later brings them back when told to do so. I witness his obedience and learn something about being strong and silent.  I have learned that what a child sees me do is far more important that what I might say to a child. It is what a father does that counts. Fathers also should be seen praying and taking care of mom.  Thank you Joseph.

Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through God’s people and ponder anew what the Almighty can do.  John+

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