The feast of manifestation, or Epiphany, is traditionally celebrated the 12th day after Christmas, January 6. It marks the day the Three Kings arrived at the birthplace of baby Jesus, and welcomed him. They followed the star, and found their way, and celebrated when they arrived.
As the Christmas story tells us, the Prince of Peace had a stepfather, and his name was Joseph. Joseph appears to have been an ordinary man of his time. He was a devout Jewish man, faithful, hard-working, and he was betrothed to Mary, having taken her into his home. At the passing of a year, she would be his wife, and they would then be intimate and begin their family. But that ordinariness was interrupted, and Joseph was to endure a test of faith greater than most. Continue reading