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“Joseph, listens, speaks, sings” – advent wonders, 5

17 Dec

Joseph’s song, his one word song,

St Joseph with the Christ Child in His Arms– by Guido Ren

‘This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.’

‘“But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

It is easily noted that Joseph ( of Joseph & Mary ) never speaks verbally in the Gospels. Yet, here, he does. Here, he sings.

Joseph’s song is his hands as he moves them to Mary’s dialogue on how she came with this child; his lyrics are his plan to put Mary away without shame; his song is his dream when the Angel tells him to take Mary as his wife. And his builders hands forms, creates a heavenly and an earthly family.

Jesus’ character is formed by the Lord’s placing of this son in Mary and Joseph’s hands. Jesus chooses disciples and friends like Joseph, and his family- working men and women. Fishermen and caring women who design households. Mary receives this child and Joseph takes and gives. 

What is Joseph’s song then? 

His song is love. A love freely given, then taken and then restored to him, through him, for us. Joseph’s singing is in his actions, his considering, his taking, and his giving. Joseph’s song is, the one word we know he speaks, is Jesus. 

Joseph gives, calls, speaks and sings this child Jesus. He names and He sings,


Lord, this Advent, please help me sing as Joseph, help me to act, sing,