Friday within the Octave of Easter –
The Easter story is a profound affirmation of the values of the life of the body and the goods of the earth. Today’s lesson offers more than a generalized affirmation of bodily life and worldly goods. Indirectly it sanctifies the importance of common work. Why else would the risen Lord have appeared to men at work as well as to people at prayer. Common work is the way most people fulfill their service to God and neighbor.