(I am having some technical problems with embedding links into texts in my posts right now. Folks at the server will be getting back to me on how to troubleshoot it soon. Meantime, I just have to add links manually – which means I will probably put fewer in until the problem is fixed.)
Mark Mallett has another wonderful post up today on simplicity and obedience. I have always loved asking people if God ever had a duty to be obedient to man. The obvious answer is no, but as with many things of God, there is often an exception – usually to show us the way. The one exception I know of is after the temple, when Jesus went up with Mary and Joseph, was obedient to them, and grew in goodness and grace. I think that if God could humble Himself to be obedient to men for a time – even creatures as holy as Mary and Joseph – why do we so rebel at the very thought of obedience to someone we think may know or do less than we do?
Several years ago I gave a copy of the picture above, beautifully framed, to my Father. He has had some health and other issues lately. But Glory! Growing up, He was a very model of a St. Joseph, living integrity and joy. My siblings and I were blessed to have such a noble soul as a model.