Happy Labor Day! I hope you are taking a day of R&R today. The readings that I link to are for Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time. But if you attend Mass today, you may hear different readings for Labor Day. The Gospel reading may be from Matthew 6, where Jesus talks about worrying. How appropriate.
Ever since the Great Recession, things have been tough for many. 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 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.