The Selfless Service

The Selfless Service

As we inch closer to Christmas, Fr. Placid shares on the selflessness service of St. Joseph:  "By his actions and decisions as seen in the Infancy Narratives, St. Joseph displayed that he was a man remarkably free of covetousness. This quality allowed him to be ready to meet Jesus, not allowing his own desires to get in the way of doing  -humbly, quietly and unreservedly- what God asked of him.  He had a peace about him because of the lack of insisting on his own desires. 
Joseph first revealed his non-covetousness when he was considering whether or not to quietly divorce Mary  (Mt 1:19). Instead of following the Law strictly, he chose to spare Mary shame and possible death.  He went further when he chose to believe the angel’s word and took Mary into his home, manifesting his being purified of any selfish desires and habits (Mt 1:24). And he further showed non-covetousness by naming Jesus, thus accepting him as his son (Mt 1:25).  By claiming Jesus as his own, he was in a way building up another’s line before his own posterity. He was prepared to meet Jesus at Bethlehem and welcome him as his God. 
This non-covetousness was shown fully when Joseph took Mary and Jesus into Egypt (Mt 2:13-14). He continued to accept the angel’s words even though that meant giving up the securities of his village, family and relatives and having to care for them as a stranger in a foreign land. With nothing settled, he was at the mercy of others for whom he had to work. This he accepted, simply coming from the peace he had through not desiring anything of his own (Mt 2:15, 19-23).  And this he did without concern for himself and thus kept his focus on God and Mary and Jesus." 
God bless you,
Your Brothers of New Clairvaux
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