Monday 20th March 2017 (St. Joseph of Nazareth)

Luke 2: 41 – 52 (NKJV)

His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; 44but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. 46Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. 48So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” 49And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” 50But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them. 51Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men.

Today we commemorate St. Joseph of Nazareth, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and earthly father of Jesus Christ. He lived and raised Jesus as a pious Jew. He set Him a godly example of valuing the things of God; and every year he took the family on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the Passover feast (v. 41). Luke records that when Jesus journeyed with them when He was twelve years old (v. 42) he stayed behind in God’s house; and Joseph being a just, loving, caring and faithful parent, searched for Him everywhere till they found Him in the temple (vv. 45 & 48).

Nowadays, it is becoming increasingly difficult to raise godly children because our good traditional and godly Christian values are under attack from the unwholesome western cultural practices, as well as technology and social media. Unlike Joseph, many parents have failed to institute a godly legacy in their homes and many are too busy to develop good relationships with their children which will enable them to have a godly influence over them.  However, God expect parents to lead by example at home, train their children to possess good characters and godly behaviours, so that His purposes will be fulfilled in their homes.  We often think that we primarily influence others by what we say, when so often we are watched for our actions.

Thought: Parents are mirrors to their children by their way of life.