WORD of the DAY
And Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man.
(Luke 2: 52)
The time of a child’s growth has always been a demanding time for parents. This was no different for Mary and Joseph. It was not by chance that the episode of the twelve year old Jesus disturbed their home. Since He must be about His Father’s business, he let His Mother and step-Father look for Him.
We are led to think of how much joy Joseph must have felt in His contact with Baby Jesus. Yet, we can also ask how the wisdom and grace that shone forth from Him was very unusual, so much so as to awaken in Joseph some questions. And being beside the Mother of the Child, like a protective shadow, must have cost a lot as well.
He was a young husband in love with his splendid wife who was all pure and loving. Yet, he was not able to touch her ever. This must have asked a high price of selfless love from him. And yet, he fulfilled his role perfectly and willingly.
Joseph of Nazareth, you who took care of Mary and the Child: two gems of the holiest humanity entrusted to your generous love and devoid of any demands, help me to silence my demands for comfort from the ones I love. Why do you love, I could have asked you? And perhaps, you the silent Joseph, would have replied with what you say to us today, “I love because I love. This is enough. Because God is Love. I love because I respect the others. This is enough. Because love is opening the way to freedom.
The voice of Giulio Cesare Giacobbe, famous author
We cannot become parents if we have not first become adults…the sequence child-adult-parents cannot change its order. In fact, how can we help others if we are not able to assist ourselves?