She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. - Matthew 1:21
In good biblical fashion it is the father who must name the child, thereby claiming him as his own. Joseph is to do the same for this divine child who will grow up in Nazareth as the “son of Joseph”. It is he who will teach Jesus his trade, take him to the synagogue with the other men and their sons, and see him into adolescence. What a task, and, again, with no clear guidelines!
In our prayer today let us share Joseph’s very human concerns for the future.