when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream
to Joseph in Egypt, saying:
and take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel, for
those who sought the Child's life are dead.'
he arose and took the Child and His mother, and went into the land of
Israel. But hearing that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his
father, Herod, he was afraid to go there; and being warned in a dream,
he withdrew into the region of Galilee. And he went and settled in a town
called Nazareth." (Mt. 2: 13-18)
the sorrow of not being allowed to go into Judea, St. Joseph experiences
the joy of returning to Nazareth. His joy increases as the days of Christ's
hidden life go by. The home life of Jesus, Mary and Josephresembled that
of their neighbors. Time was spent in family life. Sometimes Joseph would
contemplate the Child "in the most pure arms of Mary, the blessed
Mother. She held God veiled in flesh, and pressed her lips in sweet kisses
on the flesh of the One who is true God and true man." (Paulinus
St. Joseph, as F. de Eximensis so charmingly says, "showed great
delight and joy in constantly providing for the Infant Savior's needs,
bathing him, reverently handling the small limbs of His precious body,
changing His clothes and doing other things that little children require."
(F. de Eximensis, "Vita Christi")
Joseph's life in the company of Jesus and Mary,we can make our own the
words of a prayer composed by Pius XII: "St. Joseph, grant that according
to your example,we may keep our eyes fixed on Mother Mary, your most sweet
spouse, who silently used to do her weaving in a corner of your modest
workshop, with the sweetest smil playing on her lips. Grant that we may
not lose sight of Jesus, who busied Himself with you at your carpenter's
bench. Thus we may be able to lead a peaceful and holy life on earth,
as a prelude to that eternally happy one which awaits us in heaven for
ever and ever. Amen." (Pope Pius XII, "Prayer", March 11,
glorious St. Joseph, how you marveled to have the King of Heaven subject
to your commands; though your consolation in leading Him out of Egypt
was troubled by fear of Archelaus, nevertheless being reassured by the
angel, you lived at Nazareth with Jesus and Mary.
this sorrow and this joy, obtain for us that our hearts may be freed from
harmful fears, and that we may have peace of conscience living in security
with Jesus and Mary and also dying in their company.
I ask that.... (mention in silence the favor asked and pray one Our Father,
One Hail Mary and one Glory Be).