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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

March 19th: Joseph, husband of Mary

Gospel text (Mt 1,16.18-21.24a): Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and from her came Jesus who is called the Christ ¬—the Messiah (…). An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, «Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. She has conceived by the Holy Spirit, and now she will bear a son. You shall call him “Jesus” for he will save his people from their sins». When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had told him to do and he took his wife to his home.

The dignity of the work

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, feast of St. Joseph, we theologically consider the reality of work. The "Bible" shows how work belongs to man’s original condition. When the creator made man to his image and likeness, he invited him to work the earth... And the Son of God himself, making himself similar to us in everything, dedicated himself for many years to manual activities (He was the "Son of the carpenter").

Work is of primary importance for man’s fulfillment and the development of society. This is why it is necessary that it “always” be organized and at the service of the common good: man is subject and protagonist of work. At the same time, it is indispensable that man not allow himself to be subjected to work, that he not idolizes it, intending to find in it the ultimate and definitive meaning of life.

—A spirituality must be lived that will help believers to sanctify themselves through their work, imitating Saint Joseph, who every day had to provide for the needs of the Holy Family with his hands.