The New Testament tells us that Joseph did not simply disappear after the angels and the shepherds went away, but that he carried out his responsibilities until he died. He had to put up with public humiliation and embarrassment in going through with the marriage. That’s not a part of the nativity we celebrate at Christmas, is it? The kings have their gold, frankincense. Joseph has his shame to carry, and he carries it very well. He got pregnant Mary safely to Bethlehem. He secured a room for them somewhere nearby. He took his place at her side and he took whatever came his way.