Redemptoris Custos: Saint Joseph Became a Unique Guardian of the Mystery Hidden for Ages in God

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“Joseph did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took his wife” (cf. Mt 1 :24). While it is true that Joseph did not respond to the angel’s “announcement” in the same way as Mary, he “did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took his wife.” What he did is the clearest “obedience of faith” (cf. Rom 1:5; 16:26; 2 Cor 10:5-6). Therefore he became a unique guardian of the mystery “hidden for ages in God” (Eph 3:9), as did Mary, in that decisive moment which St. Paul calls “the fullness of time,” when “God sent forth his Son, born of woman…to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Gal 4:4-5).

From REDEMPTORIS CUSTOS #1,4,5
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