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Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter Download This Homily

May 1, 2019

Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

 

Genesis 1:26 -- 2:3 or Colossians 3:14-15, 17, 23-24

 Psalm 90:2-4, 12-14, 16

 Gospel JN 3:16-21


God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.
And this is the verdict,
that the light came into the world,
but people preferred darkness to light,
because their works were evil.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
and does not come toward the light,
so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

 

St. Joseph, the Worker

 

Today we celebrate one of the two feasts in honour of St. Joseph in the church calendar, a feast established by Pope Pius XII in 1955 to Christianize the concept of labour.   We honour Joseph as the patron saint of the universal church, of social justice and of workers all over the world. How do we keep God at the centre of our work and endeavours?


Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen recommended turning to God at the beginning and completion of each task  and offering it up for the love of him, and pausing frequently throughout the course of our work, asking ourselves why we are doing it , and whether its purpose is holy. Joseph might be called the patron saint of changed plans.  He had many surprises in his life, but he always responded, made necessary adjustments and took action.  He was just, an upright man, in tune with the will of God.


The twists and turns in our lives may not be as momentous as Joseph’s.  But we can imitate his uprightness and faith as we address the ways God asks us to shift gears. Just as  St. Joseph worked tirelessly to provide for his family of Mary and Jesus, so must we work diligently to provide a way to make Jesus known.  And how do we make Jesus known? Obviously by living his gospel values.


We have to take time not only to know the gospel values but to be aware of what the people around us are experiencing, walking in their shoes time and time again.   “If you observe a really happy man, you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert.  He will not be searching for happiness.  He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living twenty four crowded hours of the day.”  -W. Beran Wolfe


Let us ask St. Joseph to intercede for us that we might have the strength of Jesus’ resurrection power to make Jesus thoroughly known through our actions to those who don’t know him.


Rev. Jose Kariamadam CMI


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