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The 'Good Enough' Family is the Holy Family: Reflections on Joseph in Matthew's Gospel


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December 5, 2010:

Matthew's Gospel begins with the genealogy of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and the reader knows, the foster father of Jesus. Why mention Joseph's lineage at all if Jesus is not his biological son? As the evangelist goes on to demonstrate, Joseph is very much a main character in his infancy narrative. In this day when hypenations bescribe family relationships, step-, foster-, and half-, often do more to seperate us than connect us. Perhaps by reflecting on Matthew's portrayal of Joseph, we can come to understand that what makes the family "Holy" has less to do with biology and much more to do with love.

Featuring: Laurie Brink, O.P.