Tomorrow is the Feast of St. Joseph, Foster-father of Jesus. G. called him Daddy Jo, the Christmas before she turned 2!
This day always catches me by surprise so our celebration is quite simple, fitting this quiet man. The gospels record no words for Joseph, but there is still much to be learned from him in the way of obedience and faithfulness. I'm planning to pull out some of our Christmas books that focus on the story from Joseph's perspective and read the accounts of his role in the gospels. And since we haven't done any art study this week, I hope to look at St. Joseph in Art and the collection from Textweek. I may have them just free draw in response to the art or do coloring pages too.
Given Joseph's "silence" in Scripture, I hope to spend some time in quiet praying about my own obedience and faithfulness. I have read that Joseph represents the Church in response to Jesus. For many this is a day to consider one's vocation and so I hope to learn from him more of what my calling is and how to live it out in my daily routine. If I may quote the Pope on an Anglican blog, "Let us allow ourselves to be "filled" with Saint Joseph's silence! In a world that is often too noisy, that encourages neither recollection nor listening to God's voice."
Being Italian I would one day like to host a St. Joseph party with the St. Joseph altar and Traditional Italian foods. Visit Catholic Cuisine for a description. But my husband will be away this year so I think I will just pick up cream puffs: "There is a traditional Italian dessert for the Feast of St. Joseph, celebrated on March 19, called St. Joseph's Sfinge. It is a large cream puff, filled with a delicious cheese filling and topped with a cherry." Sounds yummy and we have an Italian Bakery in walking distance.
O God, who from the family of your servant David raised up Joseph to be the guardian of your incarnate Son and the spouse of his virgin mother: Give us grace to imitate his uprightness of life and his obedience to your commands; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
2 Samuel 7:4,8-16
Psalm 89:1-29 or 89:1-4, 26-29