The first day of May is only seven days away.
May 1 is not only May Day it is the feast of St Joseph the Worker, one of my favorite feast days. It was established by Pope Pius XII to remind and accentuate that while Communist claim to fight for the worker, St Joseph was a worker and is not only an example for workers to emulate, his many prayers bring the true liberation of Christ.
The hammer and sickle are nothing against the hammer and saw of the Carpenters, St Joseph and Jesus.
I've always wished Joseph had gotten more "press," so to speak, in the New Testament. After the birth narrative and that brief scene where Jesus at age 12 wanders away from his parents to talk with the elders at the temple, Joseph seems to sort of disappear from view, if I recall correctly. Offhand I don't remember him at any of the post resurrection appearances or anywhere at the foot of the cross or the tomb.
We know from the Bible that Joseph was dead by the time of the Crucifixion, since Jesus had John take care of His mother. But that aside I do agree that he lacked space in the Gospels.
I did not realize that the feast was set up like that as a proponent to the spread of communism. That's an intresting piece of history. Thanks for sharing it.
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