Years ago I saw a bumper sticker that said, "Jesus is coming soon... look busy." I don't think that had any relation to today's feast, but I think it raises a good question in a satirical sort of way. What does the role of work play in our lives in regard to our sanctification? Are we trying to "look busy" to get bonus points or does our work truly bring glory to God?
I will admit that I don't always jump right out of bed in the morning eager to meet the new day and the work that is in store. This feast day reminds me of the attitude that I should have in my approach to work. It also creates a prespective that shows the multiple opportunities for spiritual growth in my life. I know I have improvements to make in this area so my prayer today will be to read and reflect upon the Letter of James Chapter 2 verses 14 through 26. I will then strive, with the grace of God, to put it more faithfully into practice.
St. Joseph, pray for us!