Joseph and Mary brought us Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer.
If Mary had not said at the Visitation of the Archangel Gabriel: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word” (Lk 1:38), Jesus could not have come to redeem us.
If Joseph had not obeyed the Angel of the Lord who told him: “Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost” (Mt 1:20), then Mary would have been stoned to death and Jesus could not be born. I say again, Mary and Joseph brought us Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer.
Joseph is the last of the patriarchs, and is the descendant of fourteen generations of patriarchs, kings, and priests according to Holy Scripture (Mt 1:1-17). Joseph is the foster-father of Jesus the Christ, who was told by God to call Him by the name of Jesus (Mt 1:21). This same Jesus, Who is the Messiah, the Desire of the everlasting hills, came to earth and resided in the home of the Nazarite Joseph (Gn 49:22-26).
Father God gave to Joseph the title of ‘father’ to the uncreated Word made Flesh. To which of the angels has God at any time said: “Thou art My Son?” (Hb 1:5), yet, He gave to Joseph the power and authority to call Jesus, the Son of God, ‘my Son.’
This title is confirmed when Mary said to her Son after they found Him in the temple sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them and asking them questions: “Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing” (Lk 2:46-48). Mary confirmed the title of ‘father’ of her chaste spouse Joseph.
The Most Holy Trinity placed complete trust in Joseph. They gave him the Son of God, the spouse of God, and the Divine prodigy of the Incarnation. Joseph was appointed by Almighty God to be His Vicar on earth, lord, master, director, teacher, provider and guardian of Jesus and Mary, who were obedient to him (Lk 2:51).
In His hidden life, the Son of God depended on Joseph, the last of the patriarchs. Through the obedience of Joseph, who was the charge of Jesus and Mary, he gave to them their ‘daily bread’ (Mt 6:11).
Joseph saved Jesus from the fury of Herod, and is the savior of our Savior. Joseph closed out the Old Testament of the Patriarchs and made way for the New.
Jesus was taught well by Joseph the last Patriarch, and it was necessary that Joseph should die before the Messianic reign could begin.
Father God honored the obedience of Jesus to His earthly parents as He began His public ministry when He said to Him from Heaven: “Thou art My Beloved Son, in Thee I am well pleased” (Lk 3:21-23).
The sons of Zebedee said to Jesus: “Grant that we may sit one on Thy right hand and the other on Thy left hand, in Thy glory.” To which Jesus replied: “To sit on My right hand or on My left is not Mine to give to you, but to them for whom it is prepared” (Mk 10:35-40).
When Jesus said: ‘…to them for whom it is prepared,’ the obvious question would be: “For whom has it been prepared?” Mary and Joseph prepared a place for Jesus on earth. He came into their home. He was raised and fed by them. He walked on earth with Mary and Joseph, one His right hand and one His left hand. While there are very many fitting candidates for this exalted honor among the faithful throughout creation, but who would be more qualified than Mary and Joseph to sit with Jesus ‘one on His right hand and the other on His left hand, in His glory.’
“My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour, because He has regarded the humility of His handmaid, for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed” (Lk 1:46-48).