March 20, 2006

St. Joseph's Day

Fr. Benedict Groeschel has a wonderful devotion to St. Joseph, about whom he says: "how would you like to live with two perfect people?" Indeed if there's disharmony in the house you'll know the cause. But St. Joseph was obviously an extremely holy man and in an age where the number of stepfathers has increased exponentially devotion to the foster father of Jesus ought proceed apace.

I used to wonder why Matthew's genealogy traced the lineage to Jesus through Joseph (given the lack of blood ties), but now I understand it as a good way of saying that the line didn't end with Joseph but continued on, since the promises to Abraham now come via faith in Christ and not via Semitic blood (small 'b').

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