Monday 1 May 2023

About Today Readings

St Joseph the Worker

Acts 11:1-18. My soul is thirsting for the living God – Psalm 41(42):2-3; 42(43):3-4. John 10:11-18.

The dignity and rights of all workers

Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker to recognise the relationship between St Joseph and the cause of workers in both Catholic faith and devotion. God tasked the carpenter Joseph with caring for Mary and Jesus, like so many working fathers who support their families today. This feast is like Catholic May Day. It offers the opportunity to practise the Catholic Social Teaching of solidarity, recognising the holiness of human labour. It calls attention to the dignity and rights of all workers. Against the background of this week’s readings, we realise this dignity extends to everyone, no matter their race or culture (Acts 11:1-18) and all who follow the Good Shepherd will be rewarded on ‘Your holy mountain and to the place where you live’ (Ps 42(43):3), even though the earthly path can be callous. Let us pray all workers may be treated with dignity and given access to basic human rights.

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