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May 1st - Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

Apparently in response to the “May Day” celebrations for workers sponsored by Communists, Pius XII instituted the feast of St. Joseph the Worker in 1955. But the relationship between Joseph and the cause of workers has a much longer history.
In a constantly necessary effort to keep Jesus from being removed from ordinary human life, the Church has from the beginning proudly emphasized that Jesus was a carpenter, obviously trained by Joseph in both the satisfactions and the drudgery of that vocation. Humanity is like God not only in thinking and loving, but also in creating. Whether we make a table or a cathedral, we are called to bear fruit with our hands and mind, ultimately for the building up of the Body of Christ.
That this feast should open the traditional month of Mary is a happy coincidence in many ways.  Of the many things that we could say about Mary, probably the most important is her unquestioning dedication and commitment to building the up the kingdom by her acceptance of her role as mother Christ.  Her “yes” expresses an openness to the unfolding plan of God of which she could not have known the outcome.  We too are situated in God’s plan. This is not only a plan for us but for the whole Body of Christ of which we form a part.
I am inclined to think that this feast leaves us with the question as to whether or not we are really working for the kingdom? Am I full-time or part-time? Am I in it for the salary or because it is something that is worth doing anyway?

Article posted on 1st of May 2013

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