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Jour liturgique : 1 mai: S. Joseph, travailleur

Texte de l'Évangile (Mt 13,54-58): Il alla dans son pays, et il enseignait les gens dans leur synagogue, de telle manière qu'ils étaient frappés d'étonnement et disaient: «D'où lui viennent cette sagesse et ces miracles? N'est-il pas le fils du charpentier? Sa mère ne s'appelle-t-elle pas Marie, et ses frères: Jacques, Joseph, Simon et Jude? Et ses soeurs ne sont-elles pas toutes chez nous? Alors, d'où lui vient tout cela?». Et ils étaient profondément choqués à cause de lui. Jésus leur dit: «Un prophète n'est méprisé que dans sa patrie et dans sa propre maison». Et il ne fit pas beaucoup de miracles à cet endroit-là, à cause de leur manque de foi.

Commentaire: Abbé Xavier PARÉS i Saltor (La Seu d'Urgell, Lleida, Espagne)

D'où lui vient tout cela?

Aujourd'hui we celebrate the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker. It is a holiday to rest from our daily chores, when we also commemorate the International Labor Day. Workers and their unions use to take advantage of this celebration to present their demands in defense of their rights. And the Church, today, offers us the example of Saint Joseph, the carpenter from Nazareth, who was a model worker, keeping up his family and developing his profession. This is the normal way to live in this world of ours; by earning one's own bread by the sweat of one's brow. Human rights tell us that each one of us has a right to a decent and well-remunerated job. This is how we fulfill our duties and are paid the salary we deserve. Saint Ambrose says «it is homicidal to deny a man the salary he needs for a living». Today, the Church prays for the working world, so that every worker may fulfill his/her duties and live with dignity.

The same Gospel introduces Jesus as the «carpenter's son» (Mt 13:56), in his own hometown of Nazareth, where He grew up and where He lived most of his terrestrial life. However, Nazareth's people did not really get to know the person of Jesus. They probably thought they knew him well, but they actually knew nothing at all. This is why they could not explain where was He getting his wisdom and special powers from.

But, we Christians, do we know enough about Jesus Christ? We also belong with his people, God's people, Church's people, and yet, it could happen to us the same as it happened to Nazareth's people, that is, that they knew him not. If we can learn good and positive things from any other person, even more so, we can learn out of Jesus of Nazareth. By listening to every day's Gospel is how we can know and learn many good things about Jesus. This is how we can enrich our life and our faith. Let us beg it from Saint Joseph, who did such a good job out of taking care of Jesus and loving him.