Wednesday, the 7th week of Easter
From the very beginning, God blessed the work of the farmer when he settled the man in the garden with the commission to cultivate and care for the land. With each day of creation, God saw the work of his hands as good and in turn, blessed the work of the hands of the man he created.
It is good for the Church to also recognize the goodness of the work of the farmer thru Isidore, the patron saint of farmers. Without farmers, most of us would have a rough time of it. So much of what we wear and eat started with a farmer standing in an open field.
The next time you enjoy the work of human hands, someone else's hands, offer a prayer of thanks for the farmers who bring it to your table, to your closet, to your medicine cabinet. Be grateful especially for those farm workers who do most of the grunt work in the fields. With all their hard labor, we would do well to have a few more patron saints of farmers.