Mass Readings: Acts 5:27-33/John 3:31-36

Holy Work

May Day. I’m old enough to remember Communism in the Soviet Union, when May 1 meant a televised Moscow parade of war machines and waves of uniformed soldiers marching in formation. I remember Soviet premiers standing on a podium gazing down at those “workers of the world.” Meanwhile, May 1 is when the Church celebrates a worker especially devoted to God’s Son: St. Joseph. Matthew 1:19 calls him “a righteous man” but doesn’t record a word he said. He just quietly worked to support his family — no riches, no fanfare, no fame.

God cares about our work — paid or unpaid, Church or marketplace, within or beyond the home. It all “counts” with God. On this May Day, let’s offer our service to God and pray for the grace to do it with and for the Lord.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the gift of my work. I offer it all to you.