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The Work of the Father

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“And he said to them, ‘Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’” (Luke 2:49)

Luke’s Gospel describes Jesus and His parents celebrating the Passover in Jerusalem.  After the feast, Jesus’ parents departed for home, thinking He was with their group. They discovered that He was not and went back to Jerusalem to find Him in the temple among the teachers listening and teaching.  Jesus’ parents were frightened and fearful of what may have happened.


Jesus replied to His parents, “I must be in my Father’s House.”  This translates to mean that Jesus was saying He must be about God’s work.  As a young boy, Jesus began teaching others about God’s Kingdom: staying behind, leaving his earthly family and showing His obedience to His heavenly Father. What an interesting thing to ponder on this feast of St. Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father!


Each day we are challenged to be faithful to our work with customers, coworkers, family, friends and our own faith. Some days these challenges become difficult and test our strength, patience and purpose. 


Loving God,

please help us accept the challenges of the work we do

with customers, family, friends and communities,

and the work that is required to be faithful to Your teachings.

Help us be about the work of Avera:

providing quality health care services guided by our Christian values. Amen.

Dodie Derynck
Vice President, Avera Morningside Heights Care Center

2 SAMUEL 7:4-5A, 12-14A, 16 ● PSALM 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 AND 29 ● ROMANS 4:13, 16-18, 22 • MATTHEW 1:16, 18-21, 24A OR LUKE 2:41-51A

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