We had a guest speaker the other day at our church, who gave a very moving lecture on Joseph and Mary.
Some of the discussion was reflection on their Holiness, and some of it was thinking about what life for them was like. (You know I love doing that)
I almost fell off my chair, though, when our speaker said "Well, you know Joseph was only about 16 right?"
The Earthly father of our Lord .... a teenager?
The strong carpenter I've seen in pictures - like the one in this post? A mere boy?
The blessed man who had the maturity to trust in God despite the "unique circumstances" around his wife? He was how young?
Like I said, I was blown away.
I'm not sure why I never thought about it, to be honest. Probably because every statue and picture of Joseph shows him as ... well, older.
I knew Mary was probably young. And it would make sense to assume Joseph was around the same age. But I never took time to think about it.
Shame on me.
I know 16 back then was a lot more mature than 16 is now. But it still magnifies how amazing Joesph's (and Mary's) faith was.
St. Joseph, thank you for saying "yes" to God. Please help us to have the great faith and trust that you had.