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A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 1, A.D. 2001

Acts 7:51--8:1
Psalm 31:3-4,6-8,17,21
John 6:30-35

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today we honor St. Joseph the Worker as well as commenting on St. Stephen the Martyr who figures prominently in the first reading of the day. At first blush, they seem so opposite; one modest, unassuming, and undramatic; the other, fiery, confrontive, heroic. Yet, let's reflect further. They were both men of the deepest faith and unconditional love, sacrificing their own plans of life and future security to the will of the Father. They both accommodated the Mission of Jesus to their own lifestyle.

To do little things with great love describes the life of St. Joseph. His "work" was not just carpentry; it was to labor in love with daily attention to the honor and demands of his Creator. His work was the fruit of obedience and fidelity. He is the great model of labor for the "family man" who provides not only food and shelter to his family, but also an example of modesty, consistency, and loving care. May we imitate his example.

St. Stephen may never have intended to become a martyr. He was merely being faith-filled and truthful, refusing to compromise. His face which shone so brightly as he died, still shines brightly for us, encouraging us and giving us joy. May his example be truly the consolation, the support, and the joy of the five Bishops currently in jail in China, as well as of countless other priests, nuns, and laity incarcerated around the world. Let us pray for them through the intercession of St. Joseph and St. Stephen.

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore (paulwhit@northnet.org)

St. Joseph the Worker

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