Calling on fathers of Trinidad and Tobago to “own” their children as St Joseph did for Jesus, Archbishop Jason Gordon has lamented the tendency of men in this society to “make children and not own them”. The archbishop said the gospels show that it was Joseph who gave Jesus His royal lineage since it was through Joseph that Jesus was proclaimed to be of the House of David, and that Jesus learnt all the tenets of being a man in that society from his foster father.
The call was made at the annual St Joseph’s Day celebrations in St Joseph Park last Sunday. Noting that St Joseph was the place that governance of Trinidad and Tobago emerged, in his homily to hundreds gathered at the Mass following the procession from the historic church to the park, Archbishop Gordon said St Joseph is the first of all saints in the Bible and it took great faith for him, as a man, to believe what Mary had said about having conceived by the Holy Spirit.
He spoke of Joseph’s integrity in not wanting to bring shame to Mary and wanting to spare her negative publicity, calling him “a man of dreams” who listened to God. “Through a dream he was able to bend his heart to the heart of God…Joseph had to hear the message of God and chose to act,” said the archbishop. Therefore, he added, Joseph was not only a man of integrity but “a man who hears the word of God and puts it into action”. He called on all men to do likewise and “act on the word of God”.