St. Joseph's day is behind us now, but any day is a good one to reflect on St. Joseph and his example. This week's reflection in Give Us This Day is about St. Joseph's Boxes. St. Joseph was a carpenter and as such, he no doubt constructed boxes - the physical kind for putting things in. But, he, like all of us, built metaphorical boxes as well. The boxes in which we put our plans for the future and the coping mechanisms we use to get through life. Yet, also like St. Joseph, God often asks us to get out of our comfort zone.
The unnamed writer shares:
Boxes of all kinds are still a necessity of life. We can learn from St. Joseph to make with care the boxes in which we store our dreams and expectations, our relationships and purposes, all that we value. They must be constructed of materials flexible enough to expand to hold the unexpected works of God but strong enough not to break when God is forced to tear them open to give us room to grow into the life he intends for us. Faith, hope, and love have proven to be worthy of the task. Ask St. Joseph.