” I am Joseph” by U.A Fanthorpe
I see in the Gospel reading from Matthew set for tomorrow that both Joseph and Mary feature strongly:
Gospel Reading Matthew Chapter 1:18-25
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and 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.”
All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will 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 had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
So, this little poem by U.A Fanthorpe seems to fit in nicely with the theme
I am Jospeh
I am Jospeh, carpenter,
Of David’s kingly line,
I wanted an heir; discovered
My wife’s son wasnt mine.
I am an obstinate lover,
Loved Mary for better or worse,
Wouldnt stop loving when I found
Someone Else came first.
Mine was the likeness I hoped for
When the first-born man-child came.
But nothing of him was me. I couldnt
Even choose his name.
I am Jospeh, who wanted
To teach my own boy how to live.
My lesson for my foster son:
Endure. Love. Give.