The BLOOMED ROD.
Among them only the humble and righteous Joseph thought not to be worthy of so big a distinction; also remembering the vote of chastity that he had made and reaffirming this perpetual vow he surrendered to the will of God leaving everything at His disposal at the same time that he felt an adoration and esteem for the noble maiden Mary bigger than that of all the present.
While they were submerged in deep prayer the dry stick that Joseph held in his hands bloomed and at the same time a dove of the purest white color surrounded by a radiant light descended on the Saint's head while the Lord God spoke inside his heart: "Joseph, my servant, Mary will be your Wife, accept her with respectful reverence because She found grace in my eyes being fair and of the greatest purity of soul and body. You should make all that She requests from you."
In the presence of this divine manifestation the priests declared San Joseph as God's elected Husband for the maiden Mary...
My own and free translation of a text taken from the book "A popular abridgment of The Mystical City of God" by the Venerable Maria of Ágreda published by TAN BOOKS. ISBN: 0-89555-070-9. (Imprimatur Edwin V. Byrne, DD, Archbishop of Santa Faith, New Mexico). -
"...And the stick in the hands of the man that God chose bloomed. A stick is a wooden piece, cut in both ends. It is defoliated and without roots. Sometime in the past it was alive, now sap doesn't run in it. It cannot bloom neither give fruit. Who, then, made the stick bloom"?.
Is is God who made it bloom! It is He who put the power of life in a dead stick. It couldn't be done by Joseph, Nature or by the stick on its own capacity. Joseph could have painted the stick, he could have carved it, but he could not make it bloom. Nobody never heard of a dry stick that bloom... neither of an old woman to become pregnant. Sarah delivered Isaac; but this was the work of God. For that reason Sarah represents * resurrection *. Resurrection is something neither you nor I can accomplish, but God can.
The name "Isaac" means * laugh *. Sarah laughed, because she knew that she was too old to conceive, she considered it impossible. - When serving the Lord. we should also laugh and say: I am not able to; I know with all certainty that I am unable, but this work that is being carried out is your merit, Lord, not mine."
It was God, the Father, who chose Joseph to represent Him on earth. The blooming of the stick maintains men humble, they know that it is the work of God. And Joseph was humble..., he knew he was small, he didn't make miracles and he maintained his life so hidden that we know almost nothing about him.
Help us, O Saint Joseph, to run away from human praise and from human glory. Please, help us to find pleasure in living a hidden life and in lessening our personal interests. AMEN