“Do not labour for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of man will give to you; for on Him has God the Father set His seal.” Then they said to him, “what much we do, to be doing the work of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”
In today’s gospel reading, we are being called to mind that which we really work towards. A new month comes with new goals and challenges of course, but then again, what is that we have been working towards all year long? A business idea, an increase in our pay, a step closer in our relationship with another, strength in family ties? The list could be endless, and it is very necessary that we work towards that which secures our tomorrow in this life. But at what expense do we work?
The people in the gospel sought only the “daily bread” which Christ Our Lord had to offer, forgetting such daily bread was just a foretaste of the Living Bread which is Himself. Most times, we are soo engrossed in our work and struggles of our daily life when we should focus on the Giver of the Work and Our Problem Solver; Our Lord God. We go about the work God has given each one of us—the “work of God”, paying no attention whatsoever to the “God of work.”
But today’s gospel reminds us that we ought also to work for that which secures life eternal above all. Sometimes we are also like the people, seeking Jesus for “free food”, the world’s luxuries so we don’t have to work no more. We ought to seek Christ for the right things. He together with Saint Joseph the Worker who we celebrate today, calls us to the work for salvation: sanctifying ourselves in whatever job we do, no matter how menial it is.
Christ calls us to seek Him, the Bread of Life who gives us the strength and grace to carry out our work diligently in our daily lives. And He beckons on us to continue the works of God by believing in Him. May we imitate Saint Joseph the Worker, who with Our Lady and Our Lord Jesus Christ by his side, was noble in his dealings and did the work of God in dignity.