HIS SILENCE INVITES US

This reflection is based on Matthew 1:18-24.

Today we listen to the story of the silent man of the Gospel. All through the Infancy Narrative, Joseph, the chosen foster father of Jesus, speaks not a word. Even the father of John the Baptist, the priest Zechariah, who was stricken temporarily mute by the angel, at least manages to get two sentences recorded by Luke: “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” And nine months later, to his relatives he answers in faith: “His name is John.”

But not Joseph, even if–when you think about it–having gone through so much, he could have said a mouthful.

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