May 1, or” May Day ,” was celebrated throughout the Communist world as a space of supposedly honoring the role and importance of laborers in Marxist countries. The Communist conception of run as almost an end in itself was, of course, quite different from the Christian understanding, and in 1955, to highlight this difference, Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.
Joseph, the spouse of Mary and the foster-father of Jesus, spent a lifetime laboring as a carpenter. His primary motivation for operating wasn’t a quest for riches or status, but a desire to serve God and to care for his family in a loving lane. Joseph never ran any miracles; he never made any important speeches; he wasn’t a public figure, but was known simply as a humble carpenter( Matthew 13:55 ). Joseph labored in oblivion, but was nonetheless given an important part in God’s plan.
1. Work is not intended to be an end in itself or a path to earthly riches; rather, it’s meant to glorify God and to help us prepare for eternity. As Jesus said,” Do not store up for yourselves wealths on earth, where moth and disintegrate destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up gems in Heaven, where neither moth nor deterioration destroys , nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your nerve be”( Matthew 6:20 -2 1 ).
2. Honest and humble labor is an issue of true-life human dignity. Though St. Joseph ran as a simple carpenter, he achieved great holiness, and his example influenced Jesus, Who — though the everlasting Son of God and the Source of all creation — Himself learned from Joseph and for a day followed in his steps as a carpenter( Mark 6:3 ).
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From Johnnette Benkovic’s Graceful Living: Meditations to Help You Grow Closer to God Day by Day
St. Joseph is the best protector to help you in their own lives, to penetrate the spirit of the Gospel. Indeed, from the Heart of the God-Man, Savior of the world, this spirit is infused in you and in all men, but it is certain that there was no worker’s spirit so perfectly and profoundly penetrated as the putative father of Jesus, who lived with him in the closest intimacy and community of family and work. So, if you want to be close to Christ, I echo to you “Ite ad Ioseph”: Go to Joseph!
— From an address of Pope Pius XII to Italian workers
How are my labor and my leisure fruitful for my redemption and that of others? What can I do in each to stimulate them more so? How can St. Joseph’s example and intercession aid me to do so?
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