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St. Joseph the Worker

Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Confessor

May 1

Epistle  •  Colossians 3:14, 15, 17, 23, 24

Lesson from the Epistle of St. Paul the Apostle to the Colossians.

[All that we do should be done thankfully, as though for God and God will reward.]

Brethren: Have charity, which is the bond of perfection; and let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body; and be ye thankful. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him. Whatsoever you do, do it from the heart: as to the Lord, and not to men: knowing that you shall receive of the Lord the reward of inheritance. Serve ye the Lord Christ.

Gospel  •  Matthew 13:54-58

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew.  

[The people of Nazareth only know Jesus as “the Son of the Carpenter”, and His mighty words and deeds mean nothing to them.]

At that time, coming into His own country, He taught them in their synagogues, so that they wondered and said: “How came this man by this wisdom and miracles? Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother named Mary, and His brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Jude? And His sisters, are they not all with us? When therefore hath He all these things?” And they were scandalized in His regard. But Jesus said to them: “A prophet is not without honour save in his own country and in his own house.” And He wrought not many miracles there because of their unbelief.