19 March 2006

COFFEE REFLECTIONS: An Ordinary Man with an Extraordinary Calling

“But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone” – Jn.2:24-25


Today is the feast of St. Joseph.  He was a carpenter from Nazareth.  But many do not know much about St. Joseph beyond this.  He was a man of few words but with great faith.  Perhaps, he was best known as the man who raised Jesus as his Son.  Of the millions of people in the world at that time, God chose this humble but great man to take care of His Son.  This is a privilege that cannot be entrusted to just anyone.

I too entrusted a great part of my life to St. Joseph.  When I was nursing a broken heart, a stranger gave me a prayer card to St. Joseph.  She told me to pray to him everyday and he will grant my heart’s desires.  At that time, I couldn’t get myself to entrust my heart to any man.  My desire was to find that one special person whom I can trust and will love me faithfully. 

Years passed and not a day did I miss praying to him.  Then I met my first boyfriend at age 24.  We got married after 4 years and we’ve been happy together ever since. The man I married was more than what I prayed for.  Truly, St. Joseph was the epitome of an ideal man, a loving husband and a humble father to Jesus Christ.  He knew these were the same qualities I fervently hoped for. 

Jesus came to this world to fulfill a mission to save mankind.  He will suffer and be persecuted in the process.  For this, He could not entrust Himself to anyone.  But with great faith, Jesus entrusted his young life to an ordinary man with extraordinary qualities.  Indeed, St. Joseph played a vital role in the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ as he also did in mine. 

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