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Sculpture & Writing Created by:
Sr. Marie Pierre Semler, M.M.
“The blessings of your father are strengthened with the blessings of his fathers: until the desire of the everlasting hills should come; may they be upon the head of Joseph, and upon the crown of the Nazarites among his brethren.” Genesis 49:26.
Resting upon the shoulder of Joseph is the Desire of the Everlasting Hills. In His little hand we see a toy star. In the great vault of the heavens there is at this time a new radiance, attracted, as it were, by the invisible splendor hidden in the poverty of a stable in Bethlehem, and proclaiming to Wise Men the birth of the promised King. The came saying, “We have seen his star in the east, and have come to adore him.” Matt. 2:2.
What truths must have filled the heart of this “just man”, Joseph, who kept the law of his God and knew the prophesies concerning this Child for whom he was appointed “Father”. What fears and what joys, what divine light and love must have flooded his soul in having this precious burden placed upon his shoulders. What a sublime honor to be chosen the bridegroom of Mary, the chosen Mother of God. “The bridegroom shall rejoice over the bride. And thy God shall rejoice over thee.”
“Because thou hast loved chastity, the hand of the Lord hath strengthened thee.” Judith 15:11. If the content of this text is true of Judith, how much more so of this comely young man, Joseph, whose love and cause of chastity rests in his immaculate young bride. That Joseph was young and of a comely countenance is suggested in the description in Genesis of that other Joseph, in Egypt, who prefigures Joseph of Galilee.
Joseph is a tender and loving father, truly worthy of that name. He is a guide, a protector, and a provider, walking in the “footsteps” of the almighty and merciful Father of mankind. He has known sorrow and is blest with peace; for he is the chosen father of the Prince of Peace, the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and he possesses that great truth which Christ taught later to His disciples: “Without me you can do nothing.” John 15:5.