What is the role of father? In the image above you can see some of the roles he ordained for us.
We see Joseph, the earthly father of Christ standing watch over Christ. The cloak is on showing us he is ready to move in any direction God ordains. His staff in hand serves as an extra support with the ground, keeping him in touch with the reality of natural law. It also serves as a weapon, to protect his charges and extend his reach using the wisdom of God to make tools with the knowledge he bestows on us through revelation. Joseph did his duty to provide shelter for his wife, so she could for fill the task of providing a home for their son. Together they made an environment welcoming angels into their home as messengers of God’s wisdom. I can feel in this moment Joseph already thinking of presenting this gift of our savior to our Lord in the temple of Jerusalem…here he participates showing the wonderful reciprocation of salvation history by Christ becoming man.
Finally we see a child coming to the Holy Family. It is our job as fathers to bring our children to Christ, teach them the words of wisdom Christ provided, and a quiet place where Christ can speak to them without all the distractions of the world. I put the child in focus, because this is our fatherly mission on earth. The Holy Family, through recognizable is out of focus. The refinement a child’s view on the mysteries of God is a gift of grace given by God alone.
P.S. Thanks to my Dad for giving me a safe place to Love the Lord and work ethic, my Pappap for showing me the power of the Rosary and spiritual fatherhood, and my DjaDja for embracing the culture of life with a rich family life. A special thanks to my father-in-law who has taught me many ways to torture young suitors who would like to court my daughters in the near future.