Happy Labor Day! I hope you are taking a day of R&R today. There are plenty of options for readings today. The link that I will provide is actually for Monday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time. But if you attend Mass today, you may hear different readings for Labor Day.
In these difficult times, many people are worried. Those who are unemployed are worried about whether they will find work again. The underemployed worry about making enough to make ends meet. And those with jobs are worried about when the rug may be pulled out from under them. All seemingly legitimate concerns. Until we remember that God has got it all under control. Read Matthew 6: 31-34 (one of the optional Gospel readings for Labor Day) to get the picture.
For many, work is life. We find our identity in our work. But we must remember that work is merely a part of the big picture. Important, yes. But it should not be all-consuming. Our work must be dedicated to Christ. No matter what we do for a living, we should always do what we do to glorify God. Because jobs will come and go, but we will be with God forever.
Father, we thank you for the gift of work. We offer up to you all those who are unemployed or underemployed. Help us all to remember to glorify You in our work. Amen.
I’m leading a group of pilgrims on a pilgrimage through Italy this week. Please keep us in your prayers! Gus