Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Feast of St Joseph the Worker.

"Is he not the carpenter's son?" (Matthew 13: 55).

Wednesday in the 2nd week of Easter. Today is May Day, the feast of St Joseph the Worker. The Church teaches that God laid down for human beings the law of work. Jesus Christ, a man in all things but sin was not exempt from the law of work. He followed the profession of His foster father Joseph the Carpenter. After Joseph died, Jesus became a self employed business man running the family carpentry shop until he was 30 years when he left Nazareth to start His ministry.

The feast of St Joseph the Worker "reminds us that honest work, no matter how seemingly menial, can be sanctified. Through work we can sanctify ourselves and others, making each of us participants in the work of redemption." (Roman Missal).

May the Lord prosper the work of our hands.

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