A Creatively Courageous Father

The gospel does not tell us how long Mary, Joseph and the Child Jesus remained in Egypt. Yet they certainly needed to eat, to find a home and employment. It does not take much imagination to fill in those details.

The Holy Family had to face concrete problems like every other family, like so many of our migrant brothers and sisters who, risk their lives and their families, to escape misfortune and hunger to seek employment and asylum in a foreign land.

In this regard, I consider Saint Joseph the special patron of all those forced to also leave their native lands because of war, hatred, persecution and poverty.

St. Joseph, A Creatively Courageous Father, Protector of Families, pray for us.