I wish I could remember where, but I recently read a story about the Holy Family which intrigued me:
Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary are walking and Mary sees some lovely fruit hanging just out of reach. She asks Joseph to get one, and he says “Let he who got you pregnant get it for you!” Jesus in her womb hears this, and commands the tree to bend down so his Mother can reach and take the fruit.
This seems to address nicely a recognizable element of the humanity of Joseph with any number of miracle acts of goodness of the Savior. It also seems to fold into it a retake on an actual bible story, in the Gospels of Mark and Matthew, where Jesus cursed/cursed at an olive tree for being barren, which even to his own disciples down to this day was something which needed a little extra defending or at least explaining. Apologetics avant la lettre, if you will.
Has anyone heard of the fruit tree story, and know something about its source?
I can’t remember where in the New Testament the simple reactions of Joseph to his wife’s pregnancy are recorded. Can someone cite me those, and any important or interesting selections from the two-millennia canon of Christian commentary on that?