Joseph is a silent hero of the gospels. In Matthew, we have our most extensive encounter with him, and we learn that he struggled with the news that his betrothed “was found with child” (verse 18). How many concerns must have gone through his mind? Worries about what the community would think? Perhaps anger? Certainly confusion.
Yet when in his dream the truth is revealed to him, he obeyed and “took his wife into his home” (verse 24). This act of obedience suggests a humility in the man that we who are fathers are called to imitate. Like Joseph, we can worry about many things. But like Joseph, we are called to set aside our fears when things seem out of control and trust in the Lord. Instead of anger, respond with love. Instead of shame, respond with mercy.
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