Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Saint Joseph the Worker

Today we honor Saint Joseph the worker.  In the Wednesday Catechesis with the Pope Francis, Our Holy Father had some wonderful reflections on the role of work in our lives.

"Jesus comes into our history is among us, born of Mary by the power of God, but with the presence of  Saint Joseph, the legal father who cares for him and also teaches him his work. Jesus is born and lives in a family, in the Holy Family, learning the craft of carpenter from Saint Joseph in his workshop in Nazareth, sharing with him the commitment, effort, satisfaction and also the difficulties of every day.
This reminds us of the dignity and importance of work. The book of Genesis tells us that God created man and woman entrusting them with the task of filling the earth and subduing it, which does not mean exploiting it, but nurturing and protecting it, caring for it through their work (cf. Gen 1:28; 2 15). Work is part of God's loving plan, we are called to cultivate and care for all the goods of creation and in this way participate in the work of creation! Work is fundamental to the dignity of a person."

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