Thursday 12 February 2015

Saint Joseph the Worker

Work is essential for each and every one of us. We cannot be sitting around idle, not doing anything, and wasting our lives. It is said that an idle mind is the devil's workshop. When we are idle, we may begin thinking of things which could lead us to sinful thoughts and even lead to sinful actions. When we work, we are keeping ourselves occupied doing something for the good of all and for the glory of God. Work and being busy doing something useful is indeed good for us.

In today's second reading, we are reminded: "Whatever your work is, put your heart into it as if it were for the Lord and not for men, knowing that the Lord will repay you by making you his heirs. It is Christ the Lord that you are serving." No matter how much we try to work to please others, we will never be satisfied and happy, since more often than not, we would not get the kind of remuneration and recognition we long for. But when we work for the glory of God, we can hope to receive happiness and peace, knowing that God will care for us and be our providence. Thus, let us not be lazy or averse to work. Each and every one of us has talents and abilities which can be put to good use to help make this world a better place and also to glorify God.

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