FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Second Wednesday of Easter Time
May 1, 2019
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER
WORD of the DAY
…With gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for others, knowing that you will receive from the Lord the due payment of the inheritance. (Col 3: 17-24)
How shall I live this Word?
Paul exhorts the Colossians with words taken from baptismal language: clothe yourselves, as you put on the white robe of baptism. The baptized were chosen by God, so they must remain clothed in some important virtues. The liturgy, on this day dedicated to St. Joseph, rightly dedicated to him the words of the apostle. The Custodian of the Lord fully embodied those virtues that are the habit of the Christian.
These virtues concern the fraternal love which, experienced and lived by the baptized, is the source and model of mutual relations in the community. And again: “whatever you do, in word and in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him”.
The praise of God should not be limited to celebratory moments, but rather extends to every daily activity, to every word, to every work. Everything must be filled with gratitude, gratitude to the Father for the salvation that He worked for us through Christ. This was the style of St. Joseph: a humble, intelligent, courageous worker.
The Voice of an Historian
St. Joseph loved work. In his humility, he paid no attention to the reasons that appeared good and that would have been able to induce him to not occupy himself with material things. He was a descendant of great King David, being the spouse of the Mother of God, the putative father of the Incarnate Word, and guided by Him. Humility taught him to conciliate his dignity with the exercise of a very ordinary and tiring trade.
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Comment by Sr. Graziella Curti, FMA