17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
“Cursed is the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”
Adam was created with fullness of life but mortal . God did not create death to Adam or human beings but Adam himself lost the justice of God in which he was created through his disobedience. Along with death , Adam lost his blessing of Providence ( Daily Bread). In the beginning , Adam and Eve had all things free just like Air, Water and other resources but by disobeying God’s Word , they decided to separate themselves from the providing mercy of God and remained cursed in their daily bread. God judged them in the same justice in which they were created and blessed .
In the plan of Salvation , Jesus removes all the Curse of Man and recreates the World in its fullness once again. In the Process of achieving the plan of Salvation, God chooses many people on this Earth to assist his Son Jesus Christ like Mother Mary, St. Joseph so on. I want to focus on St. Joseph , his part in the Work of Salvation.
St. Joseph accepts Mary as his Wife after the Angel instructs him in a dream. He accepts a dedicated life to take care of Jesus in his childhood and adolescent . The obedience of St. Joseph to become a guardian and a bread earner for the holy family removes the curse of Adam and opens free gift of Providence in the Work of Salvation through his Son Jesus Christ.
Catholic Church has chosen St. Joseph as the Patron Saint of all Workers or Daily Bread. This is not by chance but by the inspiration of the Holy spirit. St. Joseph becomes important helper to achieve the plan of Salvation. Daily Bread is a free gift of God which is the part of Salvation package, a person who is truly born in the Spirit desires the things from above and not of the Earth. There fore the Lord says, seek first the Kingdom of God and the rest will be added to you .
If we look at the World today, people spend 90% of their energy in gathering than seeking the things from Heaven. If we work for love, joy, peace and live a life of Be-attitudes, we can reap a harvest of the fullness of Christ in which our daily bread is part of the Blessings. The daily Bread is the support function of our life and not the main function. The main function of our life is to live a life of Salvation. If we are a successful parents in Prosperity ,or a successful Priest in managing the Parish with good administration and finances, but lose the salvation of ourselves, our children, our Parishioners , then our entire life is a big waste. On the Judgement day , we can not defend ourselves as we were good Managers on this Earth but the Lord has asked us not only to become good Managers but to live a life of love and service.
St.Joseph sought the things from above by accepting God’s will in his life and lived a life of love and sacrifice. He partnered with Jesus and Mary to achieve the salvation on this Earth. St. Joseph became a model for all the Guardians by living a life of work , righteousness and service and became an instrument to remove the curse of Adam. When we seek the intercession of St. Joseph , he teaches us a balanced life of Work , Righteousness and service. Moreover if we are in the bondage of our ancestral curse which began with Adam, in the intercession of St.Joseph the bondage is removed and we are set free in the area of our daily bread. People who have job or financial problem, House Problem, peace in the family, Evil afflictions must do the devotion to St.Joseph and he will set you free and take you to his Son Jesus to receive the complete Salvation.
The more and more people seek a Prosperous life , they tilt in their life and lose the main function of Salvation. The calamities and Pandemics are a good time to ponder our life and seek intercession of St. Joseph who balances our life with all the Blessings of Salvation. Let us intercede with St. Joseph specially for the losses of Jobs, finances , debts and our daily bread. St. Joseph Guardian of Jesus and spouse of Mary, Pray for us in our difficult time of Pandemic. Amen.