Because our work is one of the main ways we express our love for Jesus, we must be working according to His will.


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Today the Church honors St. Joseph, Patron of Workers! The Church holds up St. Joseph as an example of a worker who let God have total control over his work. Many people move their families from place to place because of their work. Joseph moved his family from place to place because of his obedient faithfulness to God’s commands.

Each time he moved, Joseph had to go back to square one to start his work. He moved from his hometown of Nazareth to Bethlehem because of the census. Joseph placed a higher priority on serving Jesus and Mary than on building up his carpentry business. Joseph was a worker, but his main work was to have faith in his Foster-Son, Jesus. Working for Jesus took priority over Joseph’s job.

God then commanded Joseph to drop everything and flee immediately to Egypt. It’s doubtful Joseph was even able to bring along his tools. In a new land, with a new language, as a foreigner and refugee, somehow Joseph had to find work and support the Holy Family. “All depends on faith, and Joseph’s work was completely guided by his faith.

After a few years, Joseph would have established himself in Egypt. Once again, God called him “out of Egypt” back to his hometown, Nazareth. This time, God prospered the work of Joseph’s hands by sending him back to his hometown, his tools, and his original clientele. God restored Joseph’s work because Joseph faithfully put his work at the service of God.
How wonderful it is that our daily work can be a means for our salvation! Work done for the glory and honor of God is just that — a means for our salvation! Work done with love and out of love can be one of our most powerful means we have to speak of Jesus in this lost and darkening world.

Because our work is one of the main ways we express our love for Jesus, we must be working according to His will.

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