Today’s Reading: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23
Daily Lectionary: Genesis 39:1-23; Mark 10:13-31
Now when they had gone away, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “When you have gotten up, take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt.” (Matthew 2:13a)
Merry Lent! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Church celebrates the lives of Her saints with specific days in order to rejoice in what Jesus did through His people. Celebrating the life and witness of the saint is second to celebrating the Lord who saved them and did good through them.
St. Joseph’s Day is no different! Joseph’s life points us to Jesus. Everything that he dreams, everything that God does through him, shows us how God wants to save us from our sins.
God does some crazy things through Joseph! When his fiancée ends up pregnant, Joseph believes the unthinkable preaching of the angel that the Baby is from the Holy Spirit. He doesn’t divorce Mary or do the 1st century equivalent of blowing her up on social media, but takes her as his wife despite every indication that she was unfaithful. After the Babe is born in Bethlehem, Joseph follows a dream and flees to Egypt to escape the evil that King Herod wants to do to Baby Jesus. Then another dream tells Joseph to take the Child and His mother back to Nazareth. Joseph is Jesus’ stepdad. He’s Jesus’ shield, protecting Him from evil.
He takes the Child to Egypt. He takes the Child to Nazareth. He looks after the Boy and His mother. He’s there when the Child Jesus teaches in the temple and gets left “Home Alone” in His Father’s house.
Then, after God did His work through Joseph, he is gone from the Gospels. Joseph isn’t mentioned again. Tradition is that he died before Jesus’ Baptism. I think he probably did but God doesn’t tell us. Joseph just disappears from the Gospels after his work is done.
Learn from Joseph! Today teaches us that everything that God does in your life, every move you make, everything you think is good, and everything that goes wrong for you can be used by God to save you and others. You aren’t the main character in the story. God would have other people be the hero. He uses you to save them.
God wants to save you. He sent His Son to save you. He wants to save those around you, too! He’s going to use you to do good to others. Then, when He’s done delivering His Cross and resurrection in your life to others, He will call you home. What comfort! It’s not about you. It’s about Jesus for you. More than that, it’s about Jesus for you and others! Merry Lent! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. –Rev. George Borghardt