Friday of the Third Week of Easter
Malvern Minute

 

Friday of the Third Week of Easter

May 1, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker

Acts of the Apostles 9:1-20

Psalm 117

John 6:52-59

In 1870, Pope Pius IX declared Saint Joseph the patron of the Universal Church.  In 1955, Pius XII added the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker.  This silent saint was given the task of caring and watching over the Virgin Mary and Jesus, and now cares for and watches over the Church and is the model for all the dignity of human work. 

Daily Reflection:

It is so easy to be self-righteous.  Many folks find themselves on the backs for their devotion to practicing their faith. They imagine, falsely, that their “devotion” to Christ Jesus and their goodness flow only from their personal efforts.  They don’t acknowledge the role of God’s grace and goodness as a great gift from God.

Paul knew differently!  He knew his initial conversion to Christ and his continual devotion in serving Christ flowed totally from God’s grace and that he had done nothing to merit it.  The Acts of the Apostles tells us the Saul was “breathing murderous threats against the disciples” and was seeking permission to arrest those “living according to the new way.” 

Saul learned the truth of God’s initiative in faith on the way to Damascus when the Lord interrupted his journey.  “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”  Paul responded to the Lord’s initiative and was filled with the Holy Spirit, baptized and then began to proclaim that Jesus was the Son of God. 

We all need Saint Paul’s insight.  We need his inspiration to realize that our faith, like his, is a gift freely given by God and never earned or merited.  God’s grace is the greatest gift He has given us.  Our proper attitude toward this gift is gratitude, never self-righteousness.  

Question of the Day:  How will you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in a grace filled life? 

Prayer:  Saint Joseph, Patron Saint of Workers, We ask for your blessing upon all of our efforts.  May our work each day be a blessing which allows us to recognize the dignity of human labor.  May we see our work as an opportunity to build up the Kingdom of God with you as our model and example, may we be instruments of the love and peace which the Gospel calls us to share in every aspect of our lives.  Help us in our daily labor and encourage all those who seek meaningful work.  Amen.  (Obtained at Catholic Social Teaching and Worker Justice Conference, Villanova University, March 22, 2010.)

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.

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