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Joseph’s Death

We don’t know anything about the death of Joseph the carpenter. We know Joseph was there for Mary when by the power of the Holy Spirit she became pregnant with Jesus; he was willing to quietly divorce her to save her from shame, but the Holy Spirit instead told him to marry her.

We believe he helped raise Jesus and then taught Him to be a carpenter. He cared for Jesus; but then Jesus taught us to call no one Father but God.

Does this dismiss Joseph and all the earthly fathers?

When Joseph died, was Jesus there?

I can only express my personal views, but here are my thoughts.

Earthly fathers, and mothers, are given the opportunity to minister to their children as the very representative of God. We do not replace Him; instead we are appointed stewards of the children that He has brought into the world.

So, just as Joseph cared for Jesus, our parents cared for us and so we care for our children.

I believe that Jesus was there for Joseph when he died. I believe that when the time came, Jesus comforted him as only Jesus could, and even knowing what awaited Joseph in paradise, I believe Jesus wept, just as we do for our own parents.

It only makes sense if you believe we’re travelers, passing through this life on our way to where we belong.

People See What They Want to See

We’ve all read about the JC Penney teapot that “looks like Hitler.”

I guess it’s no more of a stretch of the imagination than seeing the constellations of stars as people and creatures.

Then there are the people who see Jesus in a potato chip or Mary, His mother, on a piece of toast.

The ancients believed that their gods and legends were real, so they naturally expected to see evidence of them in the sky.

On the other hand, I suspect that no self-respecting (or even non self-respecting) neo-Nazi group would subliminally communicate via a teapot – especially from a main stream retailer.

Some people see the failings and shortfalls of others, and the differences that divide us. Others see potential and opportunity and how we share a common future.

Jesus saw the potential among the fishermen, tax collectors, prostitutes and lepers. Others saw their low social status, their failings and their sinfulness.

What do you see?

When Jesus Was a Kid

From time to time, like all parents, I get frustrated with my kids. You know the drill – dirty socks in unlikely places; sudden disappearances when chores need to be done and convenient bouts of selective memory.

It makes me wonder what Mary and Joseph experienced when Jesus was a child. Although always divine, Jesus was nevertheless human, and as such needed to learn, just as every child does, by making mistakes.

I can picture Joseph searching his workshop for a tool that young Jesus had borrowed and not returned.

Mary wiping up Jesus’ spilled milk, bread crumbs or perhaps honey dripped on the table.

Mary probably wondered how one kid could get his clothes so dirty and Joseph was amazed at how quickly He outgrew sandals.

Makes me feel like I’m in good company.