On the evening of the Last Supper, Saint Peter cried out : “I will never let my feet be washed by you, never” ( Jn, 13,8) The apostle refuses the Master’s will. His reaction testifies that it’s difficult to accept Jesus’ carefullnesses. Not that we refuse that he takes care of us, but because we hope he will do so in our own way, in our time. In this too, we must experience the humiliation of being entirely dependent on another for all these cares.
In the house of Nazareth, Saint Joseph had to live this difficult experience more intensely, as it was that true that God’s will consisted in commanding him in all things.
Have we ever heard a “My God, you will not be submitted to me ? ; no never”. As a good servant, Joseph received his Lord’s will in the silence of obedience.
The humble life of St Joseph in Nazareth illustrates what mean being served by the Master. Obeying as a son is for Joseph to command as a father ; for Peter is to be served by the Master ; for each one of us, it means giving up our greatnesses to come into the littleness of God. Experiencing this fight allows to enter through the narrow gate.
“Nothing is impossible to God. (Lk 1:37)
Saint Luke obviously does not seek to nourish insane hopes on the realization of our craziest desires. This verse concludes the annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary. It expresses the Incarnation, it is the response to man’s deepest and most obscure desire : to find familiarity with God.
Saint Joseph appears then doubly, especially for priests, as the man of the impossible : he reveals to every man his wish to have God as a father and his desire to give birth to God in every man.
Each year, during the holidays, they would travel to Jerusalem. During this sweet solemnity, pilgrims would walk towards Jerusalem singing psalms: “I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!” ” (Ps 121, 1) “Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways!” (Ps 127,1) Under the sun of Galilee, Idumea, and Judea, through hills and valleys, they would sing together as one: “ the Lord is your shade on your right hand.” (Ps 120,5) “The Lord has done great things for us” (Ps 125,3) “The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. (Ps 120, 8).
As the joy of walking together would last for several days, the brothers would feel like the joy of staying together lasted forever. Showing their will to come back to God, they were walking towards God’s eternal city: “to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord.” (Ps 121,4)
Saint Joseph, as every year, was thrilled. He was looking at Jesus, and was praying: “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who love you!” ” (Ps 121,6)