Christians are not strangers to dark and difficult times. The parents of Jesus experienced such a difficult time when they lost their son (Lk 2:41-51), and only after three days (hint, hint!) did they find him in the Jerusalem Temple. Like them, we might legitimately ask of a seemingly absent God: "Why are you doing this to us? We are looking for you with great anxiety!" Jesus' answer to his disciples is just what he told them: "I am in my Father's house." This knowledge would see him through the dark times also, even on the cross when cried out, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" (Ps 22) And where did he learn what it means to have God as his "Father"? At least partially from the fatherhood of Joseph, who gave him love and protection, but no doubt also knew when suffering couldn't be avoided in the life of his adopted son. Through Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, the Christian disciple is made a son or daughter of the "Father's house," and such knowledge will see him or her through the darkest of times.
-Given at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel (UST-St. Paul) on March 19, 2020, Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary.