Genesis 1:26—2:3 or Colossians 3:14-15, 17, 23-24
The Feast of St. Joseph the Worker celebrates the life of the saint as an example for us of someone who earns an honest living through his job. The Church reminds us of the dignity of work both in terms of the human need to have work to do and also the way in which work helps us to contribute to the Greater Good of humanity through what we do and how we live. Let us remember today to pray for the government of our country that it will always remember its duty to seek full employment for the people it serves.
26 God said: “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.” 27 God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them, saying: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth.” 29 God also said:“See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food; 30 and to all the animals of the land, all the birds of the air, and all the living creatures that crawl on the ground, I give all the green plants for food.” And so it happened. 31 God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good. Evening came, and morning followed — the sixth day. 2: 1 Thus the heavens and the earth and all their array were completed. 2 Since on the seventh day God was finished with the work he had been doing, he rested on the seventh day from all the work he had undertaken. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it Holy, because on it he rested from all the work he had done in creation.
P S A L M
Psalm 90:2, 3-4, 12-13, 14, 16
R: Lord, give success to the work of our hands.
2 Before the mountains were begotten and the earth and the world were brought forth, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (R) 3 You turn man back to dust, saying, “Return, O children of men.” 4 For a thousand years in your sight are as yesterday, now that it is past, or as a watch of the night. (R) 12 Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart. 13 Return, O LORD! How long? Have pity on your servants! (R) 14 Fill us at daybreak with your kindness, that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days. 16 Let your work be seen by your servants and your glory by their children. (R)
G O S P E L
Sometimes people find it difficult to look past the surface evidence of our lives as to who we are and what we do. This is unfortunate because our work does not necessarily completely describe our Feast of St. Joseph the Worker dignity nor does it reveal the totality of who God has created us to be. Let us seek to look beyond the externals of a person’s life as we relate to them, so that we do not deprive them and ourselves of the deeper reality of their gifting as a son or daughter of God. May the Holy Spirit always have the opportunity to show us the hidden depths of all whom we meet and relate to as friends or even just acquaintances.
54 He came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said,“Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? 55 Is he not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? 56 Are not his sisters all with us? Where did this man get all this?” 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house.” 58 And he did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith.
think: Let us seek to look beyond the externals of a person’s life as we relate to them so that we do not deprive them and ourselves of the deeper reality of their gifting as a son or daughter of God.
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