CHRIST, The Man of Work


Our Lord Jesus Christ him self gave prominence to the truth that by means of work man participates in the activity of God himself, his Creator. At Jesus many of his first listeners in Nazareth were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom given to him? Is not this the carpenter? Jesus did not only proclaim the word of eternal wisdom that had been entrusted to him, but first and foremost he fulfilled the gospel by his deeds. Jesus’ gospel is the “gospel of work” because he who proclaimed it was himself a man of work, a craftsman like Joseph. Our Lord Jesus belongs to the working world. He has appreciation and respect for human work. It can be said that our Lord Jesus looks with love upon human work and the different forms that it takes. Jesus sees in each one of these forms of work a particular expression of the fact that man has been created in the likeness of God, the Creator and Father. We find in his word a special command to work. Jesus’ prohibition against too much anxiety about work and life should not be misconstrued as Jesus discouraging us from working. Is it not Jesus who said: “My Father is the vinedresser” (John 15:1)? (To be continued)