A Christmas Conversation with St. Joseph

I originally wrote this post this past August. In the original post I had an imaginary conversation with St. Joseph regarding his unique role during the birth of Jesus. Today while I was listening to the gospel I felt inspired to re post this conversation. To get the full effect of the conversation I would suggest reading today's gospel Matt 1: 18-24. So here it is enjoy! (To view my two conversations with St. Joseph in their entirety click here and here. )

Me:"Can you elaborate your reactions and feelings when Mary told you that she was pregnant with Messiah from "the spirit of God?"

St. Joseph: "Initially I was deeply troubled, because we had just celebrated our betrothal.  I was also deeply disturbed and hurt because I had taught that Mary had gone behind me back and had caused me great shame.  This didn't make any sense to me, since I knew her upbringing, so I initially decided that I would keep this between only us as not to cause a scandal in our village and to safeguard her life."

Me: "What finally convinced you that she was telling the truth?"

St. Joseph: "One night as I was sleeping and angel came to me and told me, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit." After this assurance I was consoled and I then resolved myself to follow the will of God as thoroughly as possible even if it was difficult or didn't make any sense to me."

Me: " Wow, that was very inspiring.  It was wonderful that even when we don't understand God's will, he still guides us to safety it seems that all we can and need to do is exercise our faith and he will do the rest.  Can you tell me about the night that Jesus was born.  Specifically the events that led to his birth?"

St. Joseph: "Sure.  About a month before the birth a decree went out from the emperor Caesar Augustus. Since I was from the Davidic line I needed to go to Bethlehem to enroll Mary and myself.  After we had made the journey to Bethlehem and enrolled ourselves we needed to look for an inn since Mary was very tired, and near to giving birth.  I searched and I searched about 6 different inns, but they were all occupied.  All of these inns were occupied because of the heavy amount of visitors due to the census.  After being rejected 6 times Mary and I prayed to the Lord to help us to find a place so that Mary could rest and give birth.  I found another inn, but the innkeeper said the same, that there was no place for us.  I persisted and I asked if he knew of anyone in the area and he replied that he knew of someone who owned a stable that was not occupiedI went to the place that he showed us and I approached this inn keeper and I asked him if we could have the stable.  He kindly answered that he did have a stable available.  Despite my initial misgivings about the sanitary conditions of the stable I accepted the offer and I prepared a place for Mary to rest and for Jesus."

Me: "Can you elaborate a little more about your feelings during this tumultuous time?"

St. Joseph:  " I was upset and frustrated.  Not so much because of my own struggles, but more so for Mary who was pregnant and nearing her time to give birth.  I was more concerned for her and our child's well being.  But despite my feelings I offered up my sufferings to the Lord and I sincerely placed myself in his will."

St. Joseph: "We were both in the stable when all of a sudden Mary begin having severe child birth pains.  I immediately prepared a place for her and I gently help her hands as she was giving birth.  After doing this for several hours,  Jesus finally came out, crying.  We were both overjoyed and awed by the faithfulness of God's providence.  After that I cleaned off Jesus and placed him in a feeding trough since that was the best location for him.  Soon after that we heard a group of visitors on the outside as they made their way in. I noticed that they were simple shepherds from the local countryside.  They explained to me that an angel had appeared to them telling them, "Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a savior, who is Christ the Lord."  We were both deeply moved by their humility and obedience to the voice of our Lord."

Me: " Can you explain a little about the Magi who came to visit Jesus?

St Joseph: " Were were one day tending to our normal affairs.  I went out to the market to purchase some items while Mary stayed behind to nurse Jesus.  As I was coming back I saw a wealthy caravan accompanied by what looked like three kings.  When they finally approached they asked to see the child and had explained to us that they had seen a North Star that led them to us.  They also explained that according to their studies of the stars that a new king was destined to be born.  After explaining this to us they preceded to give our child three gifts;  Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.  We were astounded by these gifts since they were of great value.  Nonetheless we were moved and grateful for their generosity and respect."

Me: "Unfortunately our time is nearing it's end. Do you have anything that you would like to say to the audience before we leave?"

St. Joseph: "Yes I would like to say something.  I just want to tell everyone that they need to trust in God with their entire beings, even if this trust seems to contradict basic logic and common sense.  This trust is the foundation that our Lord demands of all of his children.  Once we submit ourselves totally and completely to his will we will be serving him constantly blessing all of those we encounter.  The way of the Lord is quite simple, trust, and obey.  Everything flows from these two virtues."

Me: "Thank you so much for spending your time with me.  I look forward to the time where we will speak again."

St. Joseph: "We will meet again,  May God be always with you, in your heart, your mind, and most importantly in your soul."

Me: "Bye"

St. Joseph: "Bye"


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