“But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them’” (Matt. 20:25). The year of St. Joseph gives an opportunity for contemplating the proper role and nature of authority in the Church at a time when it is misunderstood and abused. Authority in the Church is different from what one finds in the world.
St. Joseph shared uniquely in the fatherhood of God as the earthly father of Christ. St. Augustine tells us that St. Joseph and our Lady were the parents of the Lord’s “humility, not of His glory, of His infirmity, not of His divinity.” Nevertheless, St. Joseph reveals something singular about our heavenly Father in his role as foster father of the Savior. His authority over God enables us to see and imitate the humility of our divine Savior as a Son under authority.