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“Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word.” We are all familiar with this line by The Blessed Virgin Mary for it is this very line that made all the difference in the fulfillment of God’s perfect plan for humankind. But as you peruse the gospels, you shall see that there was another “yes” that changed salvation history: the “yes” of St. Joseph.

The details we can find regarding the biography of St. Joseph, the spouse of Mama Mary and the foster-father of Jesus, are mostly found in the gospels alone. In . Matthew, we find out that St. Joseph is a carpenter (Mt 13:55). He wasn’t a rich man yet from the brief appearances of St. Joseph in the gospels, one can see that he spent most of his time and resources in providing well for his family, even if it meant leaving his comfort zones to make sure Jesus was safe. An obedient man, He didn’t hesitate following God when an angel appeared to him in a dream telling Him that Mary was conceived by the Holy Spirit. He didn’t hesitate when God ordered him to take his family out of Bethlehem and to travel the long roads leading to Egypt in order to escape King Herod’s killing spree. A great man of faith, too, he said “yes” to all of God’s commands even if he didn’t know the outcome. You wouldn’t believe that this humble man actually came from the line of King David, the greatest king of Israel! This is why one of Jesus’ titles’ is “Son of David.”

It was not known, though, when St. Joseph passed away. Many historians believe that this could have happened before Jesus’ public ministry. We celebrate two feast days for St. Joseph: May 1 for St. Joseph the Worker and March 19 for St. Joseph the husband of Mary. Joseph is known as the patron of the universal Church, fathers, carpenters, and social justice.

There is much we wish we could know about Joseph — where and when he was born, how he spent his days, when and how he died. But Scripture has left us with the most important knowledge: who he was — “a righteous man” (Matthew 1:18). (

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