Saint Matthew starts his gospel with the genealogy of Jesus on Joseph's side. The lineage starts with Abraham and follows forty-two men, some famous, some infamous and some obscure, never heard of in the Bible again.
The last three men in Jesus' genealogy are Matthan, Jacob and Joseph, Jesus' great-grandfather, grandfather and father. All that is known of these men is summed up in Joseph, a good man, good enough to be chosen as the protector of the infant Jesus. Good men don't come from nowhere. They are raised by good men. I look at Joseph's father, Jacob, and grandfather, Matthan, and wonder.
Lord Jesus, you were raised by Joseph, a good man. Help me be a good man so I may have the best influence on Anna, my beautiful granddaughter.
Little Flower, please pray for me.