Happy Feast of St. Joseph the Worker


Never forget that Joseph worked.
That Jesus worked.
That Mary worked.

Joseph was a “tekton,” in the Greek. So was Jesus. This is often translated as carpenter, but woodworker, craftsman, handyman, or even day laborer, are all good translations. Jesus worked as a “tekton” for upwards of 18 years.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph honored the Sabbath and they paused for prayer but, like the poor today struggling to make ends meet, they worked–and worked hard.

Jesus understands the working life. All work, if done with a good intention, can be holy.

-Fr. James Martin, SJ

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