I think of Joseph as a young man, certainly not more than 15 years older than Mary when they were betrothed, and probably less so he could have been in his twenties. He has been chosen by God and he is a man of faith. God speaks to him in his dreams and he obeys! He must have taught Jesus many things. He taught by his example. We have not a single word of Joseph. Perhaps he is calling us today to value silence, to create and embrace silence.