May God Bless Our Labor

7 Sep

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’
or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.  (Mt 6:31-33)

Today, our country celebrates Labor Day.

Celebrates.  Hmmm.  That might be an odd word to use.

There is not much “celebration” of Labor Day any more.

It is a day off for many people as it is one of our legal holidays.  However, for many others, it is just another day of work.

For many more, it is a vivid reminder that they have no work.

There are many people who do not have jobs.  Applicants for open positions are always much more than needed.  As people get turned down, their morale, their self-respect, erodes.

When that happens to us, we worry.

Yet, the Gospel today is telling us not to worry because, in the grand scheme of things, God has everything covered.  “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all will be given your besides.”

Some might say that this is too simplistic a view to adopt.  However, it begs the question, “Do you trust God?”

We try to make our lives extremely ordered.  We try to make sure that we are in control and have control of every aspect of our lives.

Doing so crowds out any possibility for God to be a part of our lives.

FAITH ACTION:  In prayer today, kindly remember all of the unemployed, that they may have the dignity of work provided to them.