Uncle Eddy's E-mails -- May 1
St Joseph, the Worker
adoptive father of Our Lord Jesus
(entered heaven in the first century)
As exams draw near and spring is in the air, you need my
help. Well, not exactly my help, but at least a gentle avuncular
Praise and worship is not the exclusive domain of those
meetings where you sing songs and share experiences. Those are fine and have
their place (I would say an important place for many of us), but the heart of all worship is
loving obedience. Adam and Eve sinned because they let their trust in God
wane, and therefore disobeyed, dishonoring God, insulting God, rebelling against God.
Our worship tries to replace that attitude with an attitude of filial trust, of faith and
confidence in God, who is our loving Father. Therefore, when we recognize his
will, embrace it, and fulfill it because we know it will be pleasing to him (and good for us as
well), we are really offering a wonderful act of worship.
Why do I think you need to be
reminded of this? Well, has it been easy for you to give your best efforts to
your studies these last couple weeks? Not really, judging from your
notes. And yet, as a college student, the primary duty of your state in life (in
other words, God's will for you now, what he wants you to be doing) is precisely your
studies. Therefore, remember that every page you turn, every note you take, every
formula you memorize can give glory to God.
Think about today's saint, Joseph.
The only thing we know about him is that he took care of Jesus and Mary for a few
yearsHe speaks no words in the Scriptures; he just does God's
will. Traipsing to
rambunctious little nephew, enjoy the spring weather, but not at the expense of God's will
– at least, not if you want to be a saint.
P.S. Please wear plenty of sunscreen – your side of the family has a penchant for skin cancer, you know.
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