Letters from a Pastor to His People- December 29, 2019
Saint Joseph is often in the background of Nativity Sets and we know little about him, so let's reflect a little on "the second greatest saint."
We can surmise Joseph was a man of moderate wealth. He and Mary could not afford a lamb for the presentation of their son in the temple—they sacrificed two pigeons instead. And yet, after Joseph's early death, there is no record of Mary working. Joseph had earned enough in his life so that Mary did not need to work. Also, they made the trek up to Jerusalem each year for Passover and other festivals. These trips were not cheap. But they rode in a caravan, since they could not afford their own protection from highway bandits.