Saturday, March 15, 2014

St Joseph, patron of workers

After writing this blog, my blogger friend, Bill Kenny
wrote to correct me. St Joseph's day is March 19, not March 15. The message 
however, remains the same. 
 Thanks Bill 

Mathew chapter 13--He came to His hometown and began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, "Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?55"Is not this the carpenter's son?"

Today is the feast of St Joseph, the carpenter and the foster father of Jesus.

St. Joseph, the patron saint of workers.

If the early life of Jesus was like that of other boys of his time, he would have worked at the side of his father, learning the skills of a carpenter, learning to work with his hands, learning the pride that comes from crafting something out of raw material, learning the satisfaction of producing something that will enhance the lives of others.

Maybe it was because his hands touched the wood and the tools, that he could later touch the hearts of so many.

St Joseph taught him the dignity of work.

He taught him that all people deserve to be treated with respect.

Today, the tools and the work setting have changed, but Joseph's lessons still hold true.

There is dignity in all work.

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