Jesus grew up without his biological dad.
Joseph married Mary, knowing she was pregnant with a child that was not his own. He knew that the marriage to her was a package deal, that the boy came with the girl.
I wonder if he had to learn to love Jesus. I mean, I imagine Jesus was an easy kid, so maybe that part was easier.
But Joseph wasn’t his dad. God was. (And is.) If we can draw any form of biology from the Trinity.
God laid in Joseph’s heart a deep, bonding love to raise a child he had not conceived with his wife.
And this discovery deepens my prayer for ‘the new daddy.’ Our Joseph, so to speak.
May God give him a deep, bonding love to raise two boys that didn’t start out as his own.