Mary is the epitome of feminine holiness. And Joseph is the epitome of masculine virtue. Consequently, they have much to teach us about what love is.
Love is found in doing God’s will, Mary and Joseph show us.
Listening to the word of God through Gabriel, Mary said Yes to God and became the Mother of God. And Joseph became the earthly father of Jesus. As soon as Joseph has his dream, he doesn’t question God’s plan for Jesus or his need to be Mary’s husband.They didn’t know what it would all mean, but God was asking it of them, so they did it.
I love how Mary pondered all of this in her heart. We ladies need to do that too: whether we are praying about a relationship or daily needs.
And Joseph’s action and integrity are a good example for guys: He protects the Holy Family, finding a place for Mary to give birth and going to Egypt in the middle of the night.
Most of all, we must love God. Mary and Joseph did.
Joseph discovered in Mary a Godly woman, and Mary discovered in Joseph a Godly man.
“A woman’s heart should be so close to God that a man should have to chase him to find her,” C.S. Lewis wrote.
Which is exactly why Mary and Joseph are good marriage role models.
Mary and Joseph, pray for us!
Amy Smith is the associate editor for the National Catholic Register.