This statuette depicts Joseph and the Child Jesus who are together bringing the offering of the poor (two turtledoves) to the Temple (Luke 2:21-24) for Mary’s legal purification from the legal “uncleanness” of childbearing, as required by the Mosaic law. This statuette will be a wonderful gift for a wedding or a wedding anniversary, an ordination or ordination anniversary, a profession or jubilee of religious vows, and, of course, for Father’s Day!
Joseph and the Child Jesus Statuette – a Touching Labor of Love, Hope, and Faith
This statuette of Joseph and the Child Jesus stands 8 inches tall and is formed from dolomite stone and resin. A religious community of cloistered nuns in France conceives, fashions, and hand-finishes every statuette in the atelier of their monastery. Each nun prayerfully and contemplatively completes a designated task necessary for the completion of each statuette. Where, how, and by whom the Joseph and the Child Jesus statuette is created confirms that this statuette is indeed ”culturally authentic” and a most touching labor of love, hope, and faith!
Saint Joseph – Jesus’ First “Abba”
The Joseph with the Child Jesus statuette reveals to us three things about Joseph: First, Joseph is indeed a just man who, when he found out that Mary was pregnant from someone else, was planning to divorce her quietly in order to keep her from public disgrace (and perhaps even from being stoned to death for adultery!). Second, Joseph is a poor man who was only able to afford the “poor man’s offering” of two turtledoves instead of a lamb as a burnt offering with a turtledove as a sin offering. But perhaps, more accurately, rather than “poor,” Joseph is a “low-income worker”, since he works hard to make a living and to provide for his family as a tekton (artisan), probably in a trade like carpentry which he passed on to Jesus. Finally, Joseph is truly fatherly. We see Joseph here with the Child Jesus, a “foster” father to his son, who really did model for his son what a truly good and loving father is and does. Joseph was, in fact, Jesus’ first abba (daddy)! Jesus relationship with Joseph formed and informed the relationship into which he would mature as the Son of his one true Abba, the Father and Source of Creation. Jesus, the Incarnate Word (Logos) of the Father, began his earthly life as a baby held and cared for in the arms of his earthly “father”, Joseph of Nazareth. Joseph is indeed the truly good husband and father – a just, faithful, dependable, hardworking, and fulfilled family man.