A MAN CALLED JOSEPH

The Christmas story throws up a slew of events and people, primarily the call of Mary and the acceptance of Joseph, the star and three kings, the angels and shepherds, Herod and the massacre of infants, the warning and the flight to Eygpt at night, etc.

In this milieu, we often forget an important figure, central to the Christmas plot, yet neglected since he is hidden in plain sight. That person is Joseph, a man of piety and faith, carpenter by trade, chosen to be father to the Son of God.

Apart from the Catholic Church conferring sainthood and celebrating a feast each year (Mar 19th) in his honor, the christian world, in general, tends to ignore or sideline Joseph, and forget the part he played in the birth and life of Christ.

This is the season to take a hard look at him and learn from his life. Many a hidden truth comes to light when we consider him.

Read my account of him in: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/spicedmulling/2022/12/the-oft-forgotten-figure-in-the-christmas-manger-scene-joseph/

*Pic courtesy https://osjusa.org/st-joseph/art/st-joseph-worker-2/

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