Saying “yes” to the challenging role of the foster father of the Son of God and head of the household of the Holy Family speaks volumes about Joseph’s faith and obedience to God. In fulfillment of prophecy, God chose Joseph, a descendant of David from the tribe of Judah, to participate in His plan of salvation. He was to be the guardian of the Messiah, the one who would save His people from their sins.
Yates owned a barren sheep ranch in western Texas. During the depression, he could not pay his mortgage and was in danger of losing his ranch. With little money for basic needs, his family struggled to meet both ends. As they prayerfully waited with hope for God’s intervention, a crew from an oil company came into the area and asked permission to drill a wildcat well on the property.
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Perhaps to put it more bluntly, based on some of the teachings of the Bible, we may often wonder - can a rich person go to Heaven?
An older man who collapsed on the street was brought to the nearby Hospital. The nurses found the address of a marine on a wrinkled paper in his wallet. Thinking that the marine was his son, the nurses called for him. When he arrived, the older man reached out his hands feebly. The marine took them and held them tenderly for the next four hours until the older man died. The marine then asked the nurses, "Who was he?" Stunned by his question, the nurses inquired, "Is he not your father?"
The Bible shows us that at times Moses struggled with the responsibilities entrusted to him. The Israelites were getting a little tired of the manna that God gave them, and they grumbled over it. They missed the meat and vegetables they ate in Egypt. Moses was upset with God because he had to deal with the complaints of the Israelites.
One day, a parishioner asked her pastor: "Father, why doesn’t God simplify things for us? Can’t He bring about peace by keeping good people alive and eliminating all those who are evil?" The pastor took his turn to pose a question, "If you are the mother of ten children, five of whom are behaving well, and five of whom are giving you terrible headaches, will you eliminate your bad children?" Immediately, the woman said, "Of course not!"