(Optional) Memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker
(Acts 9:1-20; John 6:52-59)
Today much of the Church celebrates St. Joseph the Worker. The feast reminds Christians of the dignity of human work. Just as Joseph plied his trade to provide for his family so do billions of workers today. The gospel suggests that Jesus too put food on the tables of his followers.
The gospel is unequivocal. Jesus provides true food with his body and true drink with his blood. These elements can hardly be considered ordinary food and drink. They represent Jesus’ total sacrifice of self. The also nourish one not just to live today but to thrive eternally. The difference here is monumental. It is like that of an entertainer saying, “I love you all” and a spouse saying to his bride on their wedding day, “I will love you until the day I die.”
We will see if the pandemic’s closure of churches results in a greater longing for the Eucharist. Many people have commented how much they miss receiving Communion. Hopefully, this longing will translate in regular reception of Communion when public masses resume. May it all bring about a closer imitation of Jesus’ sacrifice of self for others.