St. Joseph – Always Giving a Little Extra

In high school, my gym teacher told me something that has stayed with me all these years…

“Do what you’re asked to do – and a little extra.”

Easier said than done in our fast-paced, move from one task to the next world. I’ve followed his advice many times and I’ve not followed it many times as well. I’ve done a little extra for a customer and had it completely backfire on me, too. Still I haven’t forgotten what he told me.

Perhaps I discovered the source of his advice while listening to Catholic Answers Live Podcast last week. I believe it was a Answers Minute commercial during the broadcast where Father Vincent Serpa discussed St. Joseph, the father of . He said St. Joseph was obedient to the laws of Moses, even though God himself was living under his roof. He also said St. Joseph, along with our Blessed Mother, brought Jesus to the temple to be presented to the Lord, as was the custom for every first-born male child. He didn’t need to do this either because Jesus was not born into sin, did not need mortification, nor the renewal of holiness that circumcision brings.

St. Joseph set an example for us by doing a little extra to insure Jesus could  fulfill, “a pledge of his future perfect obedience to the whole law, in the midst of sufferings and temptations, even unto death for us.” Surely we can all try to give that little extra to show God we love Him and our neighbor.

Thanks to Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary for the quote.

 

What Are Your Attachments?

Father Gerard’s homily today was a profound one. I bet most of us wouldn’t consider binge watching shows on Netflix or an obsession with our favorite sports team as attachments. Maybe we should rethink that.

Do activities like sitting in front of your TV or tablet for hours under the guise of “me time” cut into time that you are called to spend with family and friends, building relationships? Do they cut into time spent in prayer, or adoration of the Blessed Sacrament?

Activities that we may consider “good” could be keeping us from something “greater”, like answering God’s call. Just think about the young man described in today’s gospel, Mark 10:17-30, who asked what more he needed to do to get to heaven and his sullen demeanor after Jesus told him to sell all he owned and follow Him.

I spent a good portion of my Saturday in front of the TV watching various sporting events and eating food that was not good for my health. What did it earn me? Regret. I missed out on Bingo Night at our parish school, a fun night that brings families together. One of Jack’s buddies won $400! Now that would’ve been something to see.

Good thing there’s another Bingo Night in a few months. I’ll be there instead of focusing on attachments…

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