September 2, 2022
God’s Servant
Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ…
1 Corinthians 4:1

On December 8, 2020, Pope Francis sent an apostolic letter to the world asking people to learn, pray to and imitate the qualities of St. Joseph. During that year, I did accept the pope’s request to study and pray, and I came to appreciate one deep insight about St. Joseph, which I will share with you. It’s well known he is the patron saint with numerous major titles, including being the foster father of Jesus and husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But there is one more outstanding accolade I want to emphasize—a basic, indispensable, moral quality. St. Joseph is a servant—God’s servant, who is genuine, just, patient, attentive and quick to respond to God’s inspirations. Thus, if you and I can accept and live this moral quality of being a servant to Jesus, then we will be imitating one of God’s greatest and most intimate saints of all time.

- Fr. James McKarns

1 Corinthians 4:1-5 • Psalm 37:3-6, 27-28, 39-40 • Luke 5:33-39


September 2, 2022 at 05:48 PM

*** First reading - servants of Christ are stewards of God; they are trustworthy; does not concern to be judged by any human tribunal; not even pass judgement on myself; not conscious of anything against me; do not stand acquitted; Who judges me is the Lord; *** Psalm - the Salvation of the just comes from the Lord; trust the Lord and do good; commit to the Lord; turn from evil and do good; the Lord is their refuge in time of distress; the Lord helps them and delivers them; they take refuge in the Lord; *** Gospel - Jesus was judged by the scribes and Pharisees for eating and drinking and not fasting and praying!!! ******* Luke 5:39, “No one who has been drinking old wine desires new for he says, ‘The old is good!” *** Am I trustworthy? *** Do I concern the judgement of others? They say, “You don’t do all the things Christian ‘should do’!” *** Am I drinking new wine out of old wine skin? Am I drinking old wine out of old wine skin? Am I drinking new wine out of new wine skin?

September 2, 2022 at 10:35 AM

Beautiful reflection and great reminder. Thank you so much, Father. Also St Joseph reminds us of all who labor. Very fitting for this Labor Day weekend

September 2, 2022 at 09:13 AM

Amen. :)

September 2, 2022 at 09:08 AM

Thank you for praying with me for Jessica :two_hearts: She will have these block exams every month on the last Thursday…thank you for your faithfulness in prayer (:pray::innocent:) My text with Jessica yesterday at 5pm… Salina, ” How was your day?” Jessica, ” It was ok. I think I did poorly on the exam and I’m kind of mad because I knew all the material and psyched myself out. So I’m cleaning and going to head to krav (that’s Krav Maga martial arts) soon” Salina, ” This is the first exam…you know what needs to be done on the next one and that is good news! Don’t sell yourself short…or God short, right? We believe in you and we believe in God (:innocent:) Get some sweat going and have a good night sleep (:two_hearts:)” Jessica, ” True I’m just hoping to pass” Salina, ” I am content and grateful with whatever you get (:pray:) I look forward to continue praying for you, your next exam, your healing and your growth (:two_hearts:)” Salina, ” You know this is your first exam without studying with Hayden! Give yourself a break and know that you can do this on your own with Jesus and the Holy Spirit (:sparkling_heart:)” She responded to my last 2 statements with a heart and I believe she will be fine…that’s just Who my God is (:two_hearts:) Thank you for your continued prayer with me for Jessica! (:pray:)

September 2, 2022 at 08:54 AM

Amen! Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord Jesus Christ have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen Holy Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, we ask that you release your warrior angels and heavenly hosts. We decry and declare that they would take us off the enemies' radar and scramble the enemies frequencies (airwaves). Your Kingdom must come now. Your will must be done right now, as in the heavens, also on earth. Amen Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host - by the power of God - Cast into hell satan and all evil spirits that prowl about the earth seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

September 2, 2022 at 08:50 AM

I too never knew any saints but over the years I grown to truly appreciate Saint Joseph, was patient, never speaks in the bible lead Mary and Jesus to Bethlehem took them to Egypt to protect them. And is my middle name kjc Kenneth Joseph. Living faith family I so enjoy your comments during the day. Let's not forget those people who need our prayers and the souls in purgatory. Ken

September 2, 2022 at 08:23 AM

I will continue to strive to be a servant of God. It’s a life-long journey, but the only one that brings true happiness. Thank you Father. Have a beautiful day everyone.

September 2, 2022 at 07:25 AM

Who better to be a servant of than Jesus Christ? He has brought me out of the darkness and into the light. He has given me the tools I need to do what he asks of me. And my reward has already been great.

September 2, 2022 at 06:09 AM

From the Oswald Chambers devotion today: "“He that believeth in Me out of him shall flow rivers of living water” — hundreds of other lives will be continually refreshed. It is time now to break the life, to cease craving for satisfaction, and to spill the thing out. Our Lord is asking who of us will do it for Him?" St. Joseph lived to serve others and may St. Joseph pray for us that Jesus will give us the vision and strength today to follow his amazing example.

September 2, 2022 at 01:18 AM

Growing up I did not develop devotion to any particular Saint. I was aware of them in a general sense but over time I began to gravitate toward St. Joseph in particular. He carried out his duty quietly and with commitment. For me he is the patron Saint of the vast majority of humanity who never become A listers or household names but go quietly about raising families, supporting their communities and generally caring for others. In their giving they will receive.

September 2, 2022 at 01:27 AM

I also meant to say in my eyes Saint Joseph is the patron saint of servant leadership.

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