Joseph, A Worker for More Than His Daily Bread
Malvern Minute

 

May 1, 2017 – Monday of the Third Week of Easter

Saint Joseph the Worker

One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Alleluia!

 Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

 Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (6:22-29)

[After Jesus had fed the five thousand men, his disciples saw him walking on the sea.]
The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea
saw that there had been only one boat there,
and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat,
but only his disciples had left.
Other boats came from Tiberias
near the place where they had eaten the bread
when the Lord gave thanks.
When the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there,
they themselves got into boats
and came to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
And when they found him across the sea they said to him,
“Rabbi, when did you get here?”
Jesus answered them and said,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you are looking for me
not because you saw signs
but because you ate the loaves and were filled.
Do not work for food that perishes
but for the food that endures for eternal life,
which the Son of Man will give you.
For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.”

So they said to him,
“What can we do to accomplish the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.”

 

Reflect: Do not work for food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life. Being well fed, some of the people who experienced the multiplication of the loaves sought out Jesus for their next meal. He wanted them to understand that the miracle of the loaves was an answer to an immediate need but it had deeper implications. Jesus, in fact, was inviting them to trust in God the Father and to seek to be fed by God’s word; ultimately, he would lead them to understand that his body and blood would feed them with the food that endures for eternal life.  So we pray and God hears our prayers. As God answers our prayers we are invited to live a life of trust in God, not just so that our immediate needs are met, but especially so that we might experience the fullness of eternal life. As we celebrate this feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, we recall how Joseph’s unconditional trust in and collaboration with the will of God led him beyond confusion and worry to clarity and peace.  He didn’t know or understand all of the details of his life with Jesus and Mary, but he was at peace knowing that God would lead and direct all the pieces of his life perfectly; exactly in the way God needed to bring about salvation to the world while also taking care of the needs of Joseph and his Holy Family. Joseph trusted and God led him to be nourished in the forever food of life!

Questions: What do I nourish myself on?  Do I seek a diet just for my earthly life or something more?  What is Jesus inviting me to seek for with my life?  How can Saint Joseph be an example for me?

Pray: Loving God, feed me with the food of eternal life. Give me a heart that seeks to be nourished and renewed by your grace. Like Saint Joseph, help me to trust in your ways even when I don’t understand clearly.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Joseph the Worker: Pray for us!

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