Vatican City, Dec 22, 2019 / 04:57 am
In a difficult situation, St. Joseph put his whole trust in God and was obedient, an example for all Catholics to imitate, Pope Francis said during the Angelus Sunday.
St. Joseph “does not preach, does not speak, but tries to do the will of God; and he does it in the style of the Gospel and of the Beatitudes,” he said Dec. 22.
“The example of this meek and wise man urges us to lift our gaze and push further,” he continued. “It is a matter of recovering the surprising logic of God who, far from small or large calculations, is made of openness to new horizons, towards Christ and his Word.”
In his catechesis, the pope reflected on the first chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, when St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary are betrothed but not yet living together as husband and wife, and Mary becomes pregnant by the Holy Spirit.
“On this fourth and last Sunday of Advent, the Gospel,” Francis said, “guides us towards Christmas through the experience of Joseph, of Saint Joseph, a figure apparently of secondary importance, but in whose attitude is enclosed all Christian wisdom.”
In the Gospel, St. Joseph finds himself in “a humanly embarrassing and conflicting situation,” the pope noted. In this surprising situation, however, though Joseph is troubled, he does not react in “an impulsive and punitive way.”.
St. Joseph “seeks a solution which respects the dignity and integrity of his beloved Mary.”
The pope explained that St. Joseph “knew well that, if he had denounced his betrothed, he would have exposed her to serious consequences, even to death. He has full confidence in Mary, whom he has chosen as his bride. He does not understand, but looks for another solution.”