By Vatican News staff writer
In his catechesis, Pope Francis looked at how the evangelists Matthew and Mark refer to Joseph as a “carpenter”, from the Greek term tekton, which referred to a generic qualification of those working as woodworkers and craftsmen in construction. He pointed out how it was a hard job, requiring strength but not generating great earnings.
Looking at Saint Joseph helps remind us of all workers today, especially those who do gruelling work in mines and certain factories, the Pope pointed out.
He especially recalled those who are exploited and children who are “forced to work and those who rummage among the trash in search of something useful to trade.” This reality also brings to mind those who are out of a job and suffering greatly because of it, especially families struggling to survive, he added.
Sanctification in work
The Pope also underlined that work is an essential part of human life and even a “path of sanctification.”
The sad fact is that labour often becomes trapped in problems related to social injustice, rather than being protected to respect human dignity and guarantee livelihoods, the Pope observed.
He said it would be good to ask ourselves as well with what spirit we carry out our daily work, and how our work relates to others and our destiny.
Looking to Jesus as a model worker
Pope Francis pointed out it is also good to see how Jesus himself worked and learned his trade from St. Joseph.