The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:2-3)
Today, in the lectionary, the Church remembers Joseph of Nazareth. Joseph was the man whom God guided to marry Mary and raise Jesus, from birth to toddler, child to teenager, and on to being a young man. Joseph was a man of whom - in his culture and at that time - much was asked by God. He was also a man who fulfilled what was asked of him. These words, from the prophet Isaiah, were not written of Joseph; but in order to undertake what God asked of him, these spirits of the Lord must have been upon Joseph. May we too have at least some of these spirits in our lives, and be as faithful and obedient to God as Joseph was.