Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Boaz: A Type of St. Joseph
-Prior reading the following it would be beneficial, though not essential, to read the Book of Ruth, at least chapters one and two-
"Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle, that feed among the lilies" (Song 4:5). O Glorious Field of Lilies, St. Joseph, it was thou who fed the two fawns of Jesus and Mary with the nourishing fragrance and beauty of the Divine Will. For even now in eternity, God the Father feeds His Holy Mother and Daughter, the Virgin Mary, and His Holy Son, Christ Jesus, through thee who art the provider of the Holy Family and most exalted Co-Provider with God the Father the Provider of the Holy Trinity. "Let me go to the field, and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favour." spoke Ruth, a type of our Lady. For our Lady sought bread for Her Son, the bread only a Father, and only The Father could provide. From Bethlehem ('House of Bread') came Boaz, who is a type of Joseph. We learn therefore that in Joseph lives the Will ('Bread' or 'Food') of the Father, for "my food" says Jesus, "is to do the will of the one [my Father] who sent me" (Jn 4:34). The very Will which St. Joseph, through his every word, thought and deed provided in the form of Celestial Bread; or rather more precisely he (that is God the Father through, in and with him) provided the field and grain necessary to make bread, just like Boaz; since our Lady, like Ruth, is the one who gathers and gleans the fruits of the labours of Joseph in order to make the Bread of which She as Mother fed to Christ Her Son, through, in and with the Holy Spirit the Uncreated Mother. The words Naomi said unto Ruth: "Where did you glean today? And where have you worked? Blessed be the man who took notice of you." (Ruth 2:19a); are the very words the Holy Spirit said unto the Blessed Virgin Mary regarding the blessedness of St. Joseph.
Now just as Boaz acted as a guardian of the purity and womanhood of Ruth, by stating that she ought to stay close to his maidservants whilst gleaning in the fields; so too did St. Joseph guard the purity and and womanhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And it is thus that the Holy Spirit commended the Virgin Mother: "It is well, my daughter, that you go out with his maidens", by which it is understood to be the acts of purity done by St. Joseph in the Divine Will; "lest in another field"; with any other man that is, "you be molested" (Ruth 2:22): which is to say Her vow of virginity tested.
"Awake o north wind" (Song 4:16) exclaimed our Lady regarding St. Joseph and the wind of his acts done in the Divine Will; "and come o south wind!", regarding the little daughter of the Divine Will and her acts: "blow upon my garden, let its fragrance be wafted abroad. Let my beloved come to his garden, and eat its choicest fruits" (Song 4:16). By which our Lady the Bride of Brides beseeches Christ the Groom and Beloved to eat upon Her 'choicest fruits', that is Her little sons and daughters that live perpetually in the Will of the Lord, that Eternal Food which is contained in the Garden and Temple of the Blessed Virgin Mary. "He set up the pillars in front of the temple, one on the south side, the other on the north; that on the south he called Jachin, and that on the north Boaz." (2 Chron 3:17).
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