READINGS for 2009-05-01
Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house.” – Matthew 13:57
It happens every time I preach, lead a prayer meeting or give an inspirational talk. Without fail, she’s there, recording every word I say, and then she leaves. I can only imagine the lunacy of this woman. If she isn’t listening to me live, she’s listening to me on tape! So when I go home from these meetings, I knock at my parents’ room and ask, “Mom, how many times do I have to tell you not to do that anymore? You embarrass me!” Innocently she answers, “Huh? What are you talking about?” I reply, “Mom, you’re getting too proud of your son.”
My mom is definitely a Bo fanatic. Believe me, there’s no one like her in this entire universe.
As I enter my room and turn off the light, I see my little crucifix glowing in the dark. And then it hits me…. OK, there are two of them. Because no one in his right mind would hang on a cross for me. No one, except another Bo fanatic.
Though there are many who criticize, lambast or question me about my preaching, God and Mom, two of my greatest fans (or maybe my only fans), are always there to cheer me on as I fulfill my sacred mission. Bo Sanchez
Deep in your heart, do you believe that God is one of your greatest fans?
When it’s difficult to see how You could believe in me, let me look at the cross and believe otherwise.
Paul encourages the people of Colossae to dedicate themselves to thankfulness. This is an important part of the Christian walk. We have received so much from God and one another that it is essential that we be grateful and thank those who have helped us. It also reminds us that we are part of a body and in life-long relationships with others that need constant care and attention. Joseph was a man of great faith and I am sure he did his best to remember to be grateful for all the Lord gave him even though there would have been times of great trial and difficulty.
Colossians 3:14-15, 17, 23-24 (or Genesis 1:26-2:3 or Acts 9: 1-20)
14 Brothers and sisters: Over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. 17 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. 23 Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for others, 24 knowing that you will receive from the Lord the due payment of the inheritance; be slaves of the Lord Christ.
P S A L M
Psalm 90:2, 3-4, 12-13, 14 and 16 (or Psalm 117:1bc. 2)
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
The people among whom Jesus grew up in Nazareth find it very difficult to accept Him now. People are always changing. We need to learn to accept that children grow up and people grow old. This means our relationships are always changing and presenting us with new challenges. Are we ready to face them or will we live in denial that will not help anyone? Joseph faced many challenges in caring for Mary and Jesus. Let us seek to follow his example.
Matthew 13:54-58 (or John 6:52-59)
54 Jesus 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: Our relationships are always changing and presenting us with new challenges. Are we ready to face them or will we live in denial that will not help anyone?
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Leviticus 14-15
Joseph, the Worker
Unemployment is an evil and it is the responsibility of the government of a nation to do everything in its power to eradicate it. It is also important that we realize that to remain idle is bad for one’s self-image. It is important for our sense of self-worth to be able to look back on a week and see that we have been able to contribute something to making a better world.
Work comes in many shapes and forms and so what suits one person may or may not be suitable for the next person. The critical point is that each person be able to use the gifts and talents that God has given him to build up the society in which he or she lives. Perhaps the most important ‘work,’ if you want to call it that (vocation may be a better word), is that of raising one’s children. This is why the Church teaches that companies and employers have a duty of care to their workers. That means that they have to respect the sanctity of such a task. In this day and age, such considerations are rarely respected and thus it can make juggling work and family commitments very difficult. We should all pray and do what we can to try and rectify this situation.
St. Joseph is set before us by the Church as model for workers and fathers in that he cared for Mary and Jesus. The Scriptures tell us very little about him so we are left to rely upon traditions in order to piece together his life. I think it is important for us to look to him for both inspiration and intercession. As we seek to put in place the various structures in our lives that will facilitate our commitment to both family and work as basic human goods and seek to live such a life to the full, let us look to St. Joseph. I am sure that even though there is little said of Joseph, careful reflection and prayer with the Scriptures that do speak about him will lead us to a deeper appreciation of the example of his life and thus will be an inspiration for us as we live ours. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
How well do I balance the commitments of work and family? Can I do better? Do I need help to do this better?
Jesus, You learnt a trade from Your earthly father, Joseph. You know the struggles of earning a living. Help me to give an honest day’s work for an honest day’s wage and so do my bit in making this world a better place.
St. Joseph, the Worker, pray for us.
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