Joseph the Carpenter is placed between Jesus and Mary, not as a corner threatening the integrity of the piece, but as the kingpin of their family. The whole unit is entrusted to him.
Saint Joseph, we entrust our families to you. Keep them united around Jesus and Mary.
Once the angel was gone, Joseph woke up and took Mary into his home. « Exsurgens autem Ioseph » (Mt 1,24).
As soon as the angel left her, Mary went quickly to Elisabeth’s house. « Exsurgens autem Maria » (Lc 1,39)
For Mary and Joseph, the word of the Lord gives breath to a vital urgency, both of them show the same eagerness for the Lord’s will to be done. They promptly come out of themselves and embrace the motion of Life.
Mary and Joseph, take us with you in the Resurrection impulse, bring us into the dance with the Holy Spirit.
“He stands in the midst of them” (Lk 24:36, Jn 20:19).
Jesus illustrates the resurrection when he seats a child in the middle. The child is an example. The example is Christ.
Saint Joseph has always followed the good example.