Patris Corde 4d: Joseph’s Attitude

Joseph’s attitude encourages us to accept and welcome others as they are, without exception, and to show special concern for the weak, for God chooses what is weak (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:27). He is the “Father of orphans and protector of widows” (Psalm 68:6), who commands us to love the stranger in our midst. [Cf. Deuteronomy 10:19; Exodus 22:20-22; Luke 10:29-37] I like to think that it was from Saint Joseph that Jesus drew inspiration for the parable of the prodigal son and the merciful father (cf. Luke 15:11-32).

This concludes section 4, the Saint Joseph who accepts. Perhaps we can reflect with the Holy Father that Jesus had his earthly father in mind when spinning the tale of the lost son and the merciful father. The God who cares for the needy is all over the Psalms and the prophets–not to mention the account of the Exodus. As Joseph imitated the qualities of the Father, we too can adopt this care for the weak.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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