Daily Homily Saint Alphonsus Liguori 2014-08-01

Matthew 13:54-58

54 And coming into his own country, he taught them in their synagogues, so that they wondered and said: How came this man by this wisdom and miracles?

55 Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary, and his brethren James, and Joseph, and Simon, and Jude:

56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence therefore hath he all these things?

57 And they were scandalized in his regard. But Jesus said to them: A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

58 And he wrought not many miracles there, because of their unbelief.

 

In one of his homilies Saint John Paul II spoke about the importance of Jesus' hidden life with Mary and Joseph. Here we see that this Jesus who is called the carpenter's son spent the majority of his earthly life working in silence with his foster father Joseph. And by his 30 years of hidden, quiet manual work Jesus gives new insight into the dignity of human work.  The people of His hometown took offence at Jesus precisely because he was the son of a carpenter. But Jesus is not ashamed to be the son of a carpenter, he is not ashamed of having worked with Joseph and he is not ashamed of having worked at manual labor. You who are poor and have to work for your living do not be ashamed, you are in good company, you are in the company of Jesus.  

As Saint John Paul II says; ...the Incarnation, it invites us to reflect with particular intensity on the hidden life of Jesus in Nazareth. It was there that he spent most of his earthly life. With his silent diligence in Joseph's workshop, Jesus gave the highest proof of the dignity of work. Today's Gospel mentions how the residents of Nazareth, his fellow villagers, welcomed him with surprise, asking one another: "Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter's son?".  Jesus has respect and appreciation for human work. It can indeed be said that he looks with love upon human work and the different forms that it takes, seeing in each one of these forms a particular facet of man's likeness with God, the Creator and Father".  The teaching of the Apostles and of the Church derives from Christ's Gospel; a true and proper Christian spirituality of work flows from it and was eminently expressed in the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council's Constitution Gaudium et spes (nn. 33-39 and 63-72). After centuries of heated social and ideological tensions, the contemporary world, ever more interdependent, needs this "Gospel of work" so that human activity can promote the authentic development of individuals and of all humanity.  The Guardian of the Redeemer taught Jesus the carpenter's trade, but above all he set him the most valuable example of what Scripture calls the "fear of God", the very beginning of wisdom, which consists in religious submission to him and in the deep desire to seek and always carry out his will. This, dear friends, is the true source of blessing for every person, for every family and for every nation.

 

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The Mass is the most beautiful and the best thing in the Church.At 
the Mass, Jesus Christ giveth Himself to us by means of the Most Holy 
Sacraent of the altar, which is the end and the purpose of all the other 
Sacraments.St. Alphonsus Liguori