The answer seems like it should be obvious, but thinking about the holy family this Sunday, it seems like it would be difficult to the point of impossibility to be a proper father (strict, wise, etc) to Jesus, especially considering the harsher nature of Parenthood at the time. How can you knowingly punish God? Or assuming Jesus never misbehaved (I guess that’s possible, though wouldn’t make sense in my opinion if he had a fully human nature. You can misbehave without sinning, especially if you’re like 6), how can you expect to be a good role model to the Son of God, or teach good lessons to an omniscient being? And if he couldn’t effectively do any of the things a good father does, can we logically say he was a good father? This mindset has always made me see Joseph as a sort of tragic character.
Do we have definite evidence that Joseph knew Jesus was Good? If he did I don’t see how that wouldn’t just be very discouraging as a father. Imagine if you were a step dad trying his best to be a role model for his stepson, but the stepson still idolized his biological father who he visited all the time. And oh yeah, the biological father happens to be God Almighty. It’s hard to imagine even a saint not being discouraged in that situation.