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”.