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By Deacon Keith A Fournier, 8/31/2014, Catholic Online
The entire human experience was assumed by Jesus Christ, including our labor, our human work - no matter what form that human work takes. It was transformed by Jesus Christ the worker!
On this Labor Day weekend most of us take a break from what we call work. It is a unique secular holiday with profound Christian potential. Many gather for late summer cookouts and celebrations. Perhaps we get to sleep in a bit later than usual and relax from the frenzied pace of our contemporary pattern of living.
For many parents, Labor Day weekend marks the transition from the hectic pace of the summer to the new hectic pace of the school year. For Christians, Labor Day can - and should - be about much more than taking a break from work. We are invited to reflect upon the dignity of work, which is derived from the dignity of the worker.
The day presents us with an opportunity to examine how we view work. How do we understand our own labor in the light of what the Catholic Church proclaims about the dignity of all human work, no matter what kind, precisely because it is done by human persons - who are created in the Image and Likeness of God.
In 1981 Saint John Paul released an Encyclical letter entitled On Human Work which presents an inspired teaching on the Christian vision of the dignity of all human work - its true meaning and value, and the dignity of the worker who engages in it. In the introductory paragraph he defined the very word work:
"(W)ork means any activity by man, whether manual or intellectual, whatever its nature or circumstances; it means any human activity that can and must be recognized as work, in the midst of all the many activities of which man is capable and to which he is predisposed by his very nature, by virtue of humanity itself. Man is made to be in the visible universe an image and likeness of God himself, and he is placed in it in order to subdue the earth."
"From the beginning therefore he is called to work. Work is one of the characteristics that distinguish man from the rest of creatures, whose activity for sustaining their lives cannot be called work. Only man is capable of work, and only man works, at the same time by work occupying his existence on earth. Thus work bears a particular mark of man and of humanity, the mark of a person operating within a community of persons. And this mark decides its interior characteristics; in a sense it constitutes its very nature."
For the Christian, work is an invitation to participate in this extraordinary plan - when it is joined to Jesus Christ. No matter what we are doing we are, as the Apostle wrote, to "do it as unto the Lord" (see Col 3). Our work then changes the world, both within us and around us. This means all work - not just the so called spiritual or religious stuff, has redemptive value.
Remember, Jesus Christ, God Incarnate, did not just do what we too often think of as the spiritual stuff during his earthly ministry. This mistaken notion of separating out the spiritual and the real often displays in us a failure to grasp the meaning of the Incarnation. All human work is holy, if it is done in the Lord.
St. Paul captured the hope of all creation when, in the eighth chapter of his letter to the Romans he reminded us that all of creation groans for the full revelation of the sons and daughters of God. We can have a new relationship with the entire created order - beginning now- because we live in the Son, through whom and for whom it was all created and is now being re-created.
Let us ask the Holy Spirit to renew our minds about work, in all of its manifestations. Let us ask for the grace we need to begin to live this gospel or good news of work in the way in which we engage in all human labor. Christians are invited to receive work as a gift - an actual invitation to participate in God's loving, creative and redemptive work.
During his earthly ministry, after he had healed the paralyzed man on the Sabbath, Jesus told his critics, "My Father is working still, and I am working." (John 5:17) For all of who bear his Image and the name Christian, work can participate in that ongoing work, if we allow grace to convert us, to renew our minds.
Christians need to bear witness in the real world to the true value, purpose, meaning and dignity of all human work - just as we bear witness to the inherent value and dignity of every human worker. This is a vital part of our witness to an age which has lost its way.
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Jesus acknowledges inevitable conflicts arising among those living in the community of the church. Rifts in relationships between members of the church are actually rifts in the relationship with Jesus himself. Healing fractures ensures that members of the church remain in relationship with Jesus and grow in love for one another. The impulse for resolving conflicts comes from Jesus himself and his continued Presence in the community. The response to Jesus must come from the members of the church and their work of reconciliation.-Living Liturgy™, Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 2014
You are just, O Lord, and your judgment is right; treat your servant in accord with your merciful love.
O God, by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption, look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters, that those who believe in Christ may receive true freedom and an everlasting inheritance. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.-Living Liturgy™, 2014
And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do
everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father
through him.-Colossians 3:17,usccb.org
The LORD’s acts of mercy are not exhausted,
his compassion is not spent;
They are renewed each morning—great is your faithfulness! The LORD is my portion, I tell myself, therefore
I will hope in him.-Lamentations3:22-24
But thanks be to God, who
always leads us in triumph in Christ and manifests through us the odor of the
knowledge of him in every place. For we are the aroma of Christ for God among
those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to the latter an odor
of death that leads to death, to the former an odor of life that leads to life.
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Bishop Pates Asks Bishops, Parishes to Offer Special Prayer
for Peace in Iraq:
The plight of our country
is deep and the suffering of Christians
is severe and frightening.
Therefore, we ask you Lord
to spare our lives, and to grant us patience,
and courage to continue our witness of Christian values
with trust and hope.
Lord, peace is the foundation of life;
Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us
to live with each other without fear and anxiety,
and with dignity and joy.
Glory be to you forever.
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“At the dawn of creation, God made man the steward of his handiwork and charged him to cultivate and protect it. Human labor is part of that creation and continues God’s creative work. This truth leads us to consider work as both a gift and a duty. Indeed, labor is not a mere commodity but has its own inherent dignity and worth.” (5/28/14)-Pope Frances
“Our challenge this Labor Day is to rise to the challenge of solidarity posed by Jesus when he commanded, "[L]ove one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another" (Jn 13:34). The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, "Socio-economic problems can be resolved only with the help of all the forms of solidarity: solidarity of the poor among themselves, between rich and poor, of workers among themselves, between employers and employees in a business, solidarity among nations and peoples" (No. 1941). Since each of us is made in the image of God and bound by His love, possessing a profound human dignity, we have an obligation to love and honor that dignity in one another, and especially in our work.”-usccb.org
“What would our communities, parishes, and country look like if we all recommitted to each other and the common good? If, instead of lamenting the dwindling hopes of our young people, we create institutions, relationships, and an economy that nurture human flourishing? If, instead of bickering about ideologies, people acknowledged the human dignity of others and worked together?”-usccb.org
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“The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.”
“I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”’.-Pope Francis/APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION/The joy of the gospel/w2vatican.va
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Prayer to Discern a Vocation
Lord, there are so many things in my life that I do not understand, so many questions about the future that I need to ask. What is Your plan for me? What is the work You want me to do?
All I really know is that You love me. Show me the road You want me to walk – to fulfillment, to happiness, to holiness.
And if You are calling me to priesthood or to the religious life, give me the strength to say “yes” and the grace to begin even now to prepare myself for the challenge of a life spent in Your service and in the care of Your people.
I ask You this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.-usccb.org
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