Memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker
Malvern Minute


Memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker

May 1, 2021
Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta
Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, Media, PA

Genesis 1:26 – 2:3, or Colossians 3:14-15, 17, 23-24
Psalm 90:2, 3-4, 12-13, 14, 16
Matthew 13:54-58
Acts 15:1-6
Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
John 15:1-8

In the Gospel narrative of Saint Matthew, when Jesus returns to his home
in Nazareth and speaks in the Synagogue, the amazement of His fellow
townspeople at His wisdom is emphasized. They asked themselves the question,
“Is not this the carpenter’s son?” Jesus comes into our history, He comes among
us by being born of Mary by the power of God, but with the presence of Saint
Joseph, the legal father who cares for Him and also teaches Him his trade. Jesus
is born and lives in a family, in the Holy Family, learning the carpenter’s craft from
Saint Joseph in his workshop in Nazareth, sharing with him the commitment,
effort, satisfaction and also the difficulties of everyday life.
Friends, this reminds us of the dignity and importance of work. The Book of
Genesis tells us that God created man and woman entrusting them with the task
of filing the earth and subduing it, which does not mean exploiting it but nurturing
and protecting it, caring for it through their work.

Work is part of God’s loving plan, we are called to cultivate and care for all
the goods of creation and in this way share in the work of creation. Work is fundamental to the dignity of a person. Work, to use a metaphor, “anoints” us
with dignity, fills us with dignity, and gives us the ability to maintain ourselves, our
families and to the growth of our country.

Let us pray that those who are unemployed or underemployed and that
they have the ability to find and prosper in meaningful work in order to embrace
the dignity of self-reliance.

Question of the Day: How will you assist others in finding meaningful

Prayer: Lord God, give us work so that we may share our talents with others
and know the dignity and satisfaction that you give us through our efforts.


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