Feast of St Joseph the Worker Reflection:
St. Joseph has two feast days on the liturgical calendar. The first is March 19—Joseph, the Husband of Mary. The second is May 1—Joseph, the Worker.
“Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens to the words of the Living God. He listens in silence. And his heart ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained in the word of the Living God,” Pope John Paul II had once said.
The image we all carry of Joseph is of him standing at a work table hammering on a piece of wood and Jesus, a little boy, standing at his side. Joseph must have been a good man. He lived out a mystery that he could in no way understand, believing on the strength of a dream, something that everyone knows is impossible.
Joseph, as foster father of the Lord, gives dignity to work. God used man’s labour to provide food, heat and protection for His Son. God could have brought His Son into the world a full grown man, but instead He chose to let Him be born, raised and taught, by an ordinary human being.
This fact gives great dignity to the human person, their work, and to the family: Jesus was not born into a modern, affluent family but into a traditional family.
Perhaps our modern lawmakers should think of this when making laws.