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Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

Today the Roman Catholics celebrate the foster father of our Lord, Joseph the Worker. He was the guardian and protector of the Incarnation and the head of the Holy Family. StJosephsAltarColor

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To the proud and worldly

“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men…
For ye see your calling brethren
How that not many wise men after the flesh
Not may mighty, not many noble
Are called”
I Cor. 1:25-26

“Ye cannot serve God and mammon
And the Pharisees also who were covetous
Heard all these things and they derided him”
Luke 16:13-14

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth…
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven”
Matt 6: 19-20

“For I say unto you that except your righteousness
Shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes
And Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter
Into the kingdom of heaven.”
Matt 5:20

“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men
To be seen of them
Otherwise ye have no reward
Of your Father which is in heaven”
Matt 6:1

“Blessed are the poor in spirit
For theirs is the kingdom of God”
Matt 5:3

In our capitalistic society the rich own most of the land, income, and wealth -upwards of 80 percent. They only want more. Where do the followers of Jesus come down on the issues of justice and fairness in America? Good question. Paul confirms in his day ‘Not many mighty, wise, or noble are called to the kingdom of God’. The salt of the earth people fill the pews in American congregations. Most followers of Jesus are not masters, but servants. Many are called to the kingdom of God and are near the truth. The powerful are certainly attracted to the mercy of the Gospel yet they cannot get to the point of repentance and trust. Our culture allows glutton and mammon to rule our society. St. Peter and the Jerusalem leaders warn about the wearing of gold and the neglect of the poor as the gospel is carried to the Gentiles. The message of Jesus is a powerful political and social herald to the humble. When Jesus gave his first sermon in Nazareth he chose the 61st chapter of Isaiah,

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek…”


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Feast of St Benedict

The Feast of St Benedict is a good time to reflect on the care of the body and the union with Christ. Benedict escaped the village, the university, and Rome in order to be devoted to the inner life and union with the Lord. He accepted some food from the mountain villagers and slowly warmed up to the social life and his fellow man. This beloved of God had the benefit of an excellent education, but had much social pressure coming from a patrician Roman family. In the ravine he was the master of his social life. Benedict concentrated on the knowledge of the physical, the natural, and the bodily world as he matured as a Christian in the Italian ravine. He knew the limits of bodily life and the value of nourishment. He was akin to John the Baptist in that he too sought the wilderness and a bare subsistence as he turned his complete attention to the spiritual union with the Lord. Benedict had the Holy Spirit to guide him in his solitary life.

“God …who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit…Always confident knowing that whilst we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith not by sight. We are confident…willing rather to be absent form the body and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour that whether present or absent we may be accepted of him.”
2 Corinthians 5:5-9 KJV

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