Monday, the 5th week of Lent
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Joseph, the husband of Mary
Readings for today’s Mass
Over time, the Church has recognized an endless litany of Marian manifestations, Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady, Help of Christians, Our Lady, of the Rosary, of the Snow, of Lourdes, of Fatima etc. etc. - dozens of ways that we might invoke the name of Mary. Joseph, on the other hand, is hardly a footnote. There are a few such manifestations of Joseph; all are relatively obscure but for one - St. Joseph the Workman. Traditionally, we’ve always interpreted his professional role as that of a carpenter. “Isn’t he the carpenter’s son?” So we like to think of him as a skilled craftsman, a cabinet maker and fine woodworker. But biblical scholarship is taking a different understanding of the Greek noun tektōn (τέκτων). A new understanding is coming to light that sees Joseph, not as a carpenter, but a handyman, a Mr. Fix-it, a Jack-of-all-trades.
i like that idea. It suggests that the patron of the Diocese of La Crosse may not have been a highly skilled artisan; but was good at a lot of things - at least good enough that he was able to stay busy enough to take care of his family.
That is a good model for me to follow. i am not a highly skilled artisan of anything. i am not sought after because of something unique that someone just has to have. But there are gifts to share that i do well enough to make a difference. i am a handyman, of sorts, with some good resources. i am glad to stand in the shadow of our diocesan patron, Joseph the Workman, the handyman.
Do you see attributes in Joseph that you would like to emulate?