Homily...Joseph the Silent Witness

Did you ever notice that St. Joseph is never quoted in the Scriptures? the Bible tells us what Mary said to the angel, to her cousin Elizabeth, to the waiters at a wedding reception, even to Jesus. But the Bible does not include one word that Joseph ever spoke.

Even in our Christmas carols, we sing about Mary, angels, shepherds, kings, but rarely about Joseph. On our Christmas cards, Joseph is often pictured, but there are many times when a card may show the Madonna & Child without Joseph in the scene.

We have record of anything Joseph ever said because his witness to God is in what he does more than in what he says. Our witness to God may be the same. We may not talk much of God, but we can show we are people of deep faith. Our presence at Mass every week is a loud testament to our faith. St. Francis of Assisi said, "Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words." That is a good summary of today's message & of Joseph's holiness.