Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Thursday Second Week of Easter
Thursday Second Week of Easter
[Memorial, St. Joseph the Worker]
Memorial of St. Joseph: Gn 1:26-2:3 or Col 3:14-15, 17, 23-24 / Mt 13: 54-58
Acts 5: 27-33 / Ps 34: 2 and 9, 17-18, 19-20 / Jn 3: 31-36
Reading: Acts 5: 27-33
So they brought them in and made them stand before the Council and the High Priest questioned them, "We gave you strict orders not to preach such a Savior; but you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you intend charging us with the killing of this man." To this Peter and the apostles replied, "Better for us to obey God rather than any human authority! The God of our ancestors raised Jesus whom you killed by hanging him on a wooden post. God set him at his right hand as Leader and Savior, to grant repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. We are witnesses to all these things, as well as the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him." When the Council heard this, they became very angry and wanted to kill them.
Gospel: Matthew 13:54-58
He went to his hometown and taught the people in their synagogue. They were amazed and said, "Where did he get this wisdom and these special powers? Isn't he the carpenter's son? Isn't Mary his mother and aren't James, Joseph, Simon and Judas his brothers? Aren't all his sisters living here? How did he get all this?" And so they took offense at him. Jesus said to them, "The only place where prophets are not welcome is their hometown and in their own family." And he did not perform many miracles there because of their lack of faith.
We commemorate today a great feast of glorious St. Joseph, at best referred to as the foster father of Jesus. Holy Scripture has little data on Blessed St. Joseph save for the reference as a 'just and righteous' man who by craft is a carpenter, living his life listening to angelic dreams and actively responding in life as scripture declares. This seems enough for the significant role of this blessed man, Joseph, son of David, husband of Mary the mother of Jesus in our salvation history.
Allowing the Spirit to work in and through our mind and heart through the verses of today's Scripture makes us privy to the many possibilities to inspire us. How did he get all this? Simply allow the inspiration of Blessed St. Joseph to speak to us with his dreams, about their family life, about the hidden years of Jesus with Mama Mary. With Patriarch Joseph, Jesus grew to become strong in spirit and in wisdom!
In faith, let us pray on this day to commemorate and honor Glorious St. Joseph, patron of workers and for a happy death
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul, AMEN!
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
... for world peace and reconciliation
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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