Blessed is the Man!

Of St. Joseph, Scripture seems to tell us little, but what it says is of the greatest weight.

We know that Joseph was a “just man,” and that justice entails the right ordering of all things, in perfect submission to God and nature.

We know that Joseph’s thoughts were so intensely focused on doing God’s will, that God visited him multiple times with heavenly messengers.

And we know that Joseph obeyed the Lord’s will instantly and completely as soon as it was known to him.

Since God is eternal, the words he inspires in one author can help us to understand what he says (or implies) through another.

Consider the relevance of Psalm 111 to our understanding of what kind of man Christ chose to be his father on earth:

Blessed is the man who fears the lord:

he delights greatly in his commandments.

His seed will be mighty on earth;

the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Wealth and riches are in his house;

and his righteousness endures for ever and ever.

Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness:

he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

Good is the man who is full of compassion and lends.

He will guide his affairs with discretion:

because he will not be moved for ever.

The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance.

He will not be afraid of evil tidings.

His heart is fixed, trusting in the lord;

his heart is established: he will not be moved,

until he gazes at his enemies.

He has dispersed, he has given to the poor:

his righteousness endures for ever and ever,

the strength of his soul will be exalted with honour.

The sinner will see it, and will be grieved;

he will gnash with his teeth, and melt away.

Finally, please take a few moments to enjoy this rendering of the Psalm by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), performed by Collegium 1704:

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