May 1, St. Joseph the Worker

Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord. — Psalm 122 (see 1)

Mass Readings: Genesis 1:26-2:3/Matthew 13:54-58

Worker God

Work is frequently regarded as a burdensome consequence of the Fall but today’s reading from Genesis reveals that God himself worked. Created in God’s image, Adam and Eve were also called to be workers — subduing the earth and exercising dominion over creation — even before the Fall (Gn 1:28, 2:15). Although the blessing of work was damaged and distorted by the Fall (Gn 3:17-19), Jesus’ redemption encompasses all of creation, including work itself.

Today’s Gospel reminds us that Jesus himself was a “carpenter’s son,” working willingly with His hands. Let today’s celebration of “May Day” (“International Workers’ Day”) serve as a reminder of the dignity and value of both work and the worker.

Prayer: Creator-God, help me to work well and willingly at the tasks You provide for me.

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