The Anxiety of Joseph by James Tissot from here
Joseph, the forgotten Saint, is one of the most important people in the Bible who doesn't have a single speaking line.
The church honours him on May 1st as a Patron Saint of Workers.
Can we be sure Joseph was a carpenter ? Jesus is described as the son of a “tekton.” Click here for interesting article.
In this video Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin gives us an excellent summary of the "hidden life of Joseph."
"In an effort to contemporize the biblical record, some modern preachers speak of Mary as a pregnant, unwed, teenage girl and describe Jesus’ family as homeless.
These clever descriptions are ill-suited to Mediterranean culture and are unfair to Mary, Joseph, and Jesus." You can read the rest of this informed article here which also speculates on the age of Joseph, the difference between visions and dreams and John Kavanaugh's thoughts on what was going on in the mind of Joseph from here.
Joseph's Song by Michael Card
Poem by U.A.Fanthorpe
I Am Joseph
I am Joseph, carpenter
Of David's kingly line,
I wanted an heir, discovered
My wife's son wasn't mine.
I am an obstinate lover,
Loved Mary for better or worse.
Wouldn't stop loving when I found
Someone Else came first.
Mine was the likeness I hoped for
When the first- born man-child came.
But nothing of him was me. I couldn't
Even choose his name.
I am Joseph, who wanted
To teach my own boy how to live.
My lesson for my foster son:
Endure. Love. Give.
- Advent: waiting with Joseph (talesofasojourner.wordpress.com)