an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph, saying: 'Arise, and
take the Child and his mother , and flee into egypt, amd remain there
until I tell you. For Herod will seek the Child to destroy Him.'
he arose, and took the Child and His mother by night, and withdrew into
Egypt, amd remained there until the death of Herod; that what was spoken
by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled, 'Out of Egypt I called
my son.'" (Mt. 2: 13-18)
John Chrysostom comments on this scene: "On hearing this, Joseph
was not shocked nor did he say: 'This is strange. You yourself made it
known not long ago that he would save his people, and now you are incapable
of even of saving Him - we have to flee, to set out on a long journey
and spend a long while in a strange place; that contracdicts your promise.'
does not think in this way, for he is a man who trust God. Nor does he
ask when he will return, even though the angel left it so vague: 'Stay
there until I tell you to return.' Joseph does not object; he obeys and
believes and joyfully accepts all the trials." (St. John Chrysostom,
"In Matt. Homilae", 8, 3)
Joseph faithfully fulfills God's will. Monsignor Escriva de Balaguer adds:
"The Gospels give us a picture of St. Joseph as a remarkably sound
man who was in no way frightened or shy of life. On the contrary, he faced
up to problems, dealt with difficult situations and showed responsibility
and initiative in whatever he was asked to do.
don't agree with the traditional picture of St. Joseph as an old man,even
though it may have been prompted by a desire to emphasize the perpetual
virginity of Mary. I see him as a strong young man, perhaps a few years
older than our Lady, but in the prime of his life and work.
don't have to wait to be old or lifeless to practice the virtue of chastity.
purity comes from love; and the strength and gaiety of youth are no obstacle
for noble love. Joseph had a young heart and a young body when he married
Mary, when he learned the mystery of he divine motherhood, when he lived
in her company, respecting the integrity God wished to give the world."
(Christ is Passing By, No. 40)
watchful guardian of the Incarnate Son of God, glorious St. Joseph, what
toil was yours in supporting and serving the Son of the Most High, especially
when you were forced to flee into Egypt, yet what joy you felt having
God himself always with you and seeing the idols of Egypt fall to the
this sorrow and this joy, obtain for us that we may keep the infernal
tyrant far distant especially by flight from occasions of sin; and that
every idol of earthly affection may fall from our hearts; and being wholly
employed in the service of Jesus and Mary for them alone may we live and
Specifically, I ask that.... (mention in silence the favor asked and pray
one Our Father, One Hail Mary and one Glory Be).