Homily by Associate Pastor Chris Tiews, 03/19/2010
Today we are observing the Festival of St. Joseph—the guardian of Jesus.
This Festival day has been observed on March 19th since the 10th century.
Throughout Christianity, St. Joseph has been honored for his faithful devotion in helping Mary bring up her Son, Jesus.
This included rescuing the Holy Family from the wrath of King Herod and then leading them to Nazareth after the evil ruler had died.
St. Joseph has also long been associated with caring parenthood and skilled craftsmanship.
Yet a closer look at the Greek word for Joseph’s profession, τέκτων, indicates that Joseph was more what we would call a “craftsman,” that is a man skilled in working not only with wood, but also with iron and stone.
This makes sense, especially in light of the fact that—not wood—but stone is the most common building material in Israel, which is a semi-desert climate where not many trees grow.
The last time St. Joseph is mentioned in Scripture is when twelve-year-old Jesus visits the temple in Jerusalem for the Passover.
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