Listen to the sermon.
[sing] Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright, ‘round yon virgin mother and child.
Wait a second! ‘Mother and child’? Where’s Joseph? Wasn’t he there too? Today’s gospel is one of the few times we hear about Joseph in the Christmas narrative. And it’s not a story often told, leaving Joseph as a nearly invisible and silent supporting actor.
Tradition and some artistic license have shaped what we “know” about Joseph.