Pastor’s Reflection for September 3, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

Monday is Labor Day. We ask the Lord’s blessing upon our work. It is to our dignity that we work. In the Book of Genesis 2:15 we read, “The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the Garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it.” Our work now as God’s people is to help build up His kingdom on earth, meaning that we are to live by His teachings. Unfortunately, many work to build up their own kingdom. People are in the pursuit of money, power, possessions and status. There are many that are either not able to find employment or choose not to. Too many expect handouts, feeling that they are entitled to have what they want. We were taught that idle hands are the devil’s workshop. Looking at the world today, how much of the turmoil in the world today is due to those that have no work to do. This causes a lack of self respect and gives them liberty to act on their evil ways.

Paul wrote in his Letter to the Thessalonians (2 Thess. 3:7-13);

For you know how one must imitate us. For we did not act in a disorderly way among you, nor did we eat food received free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you. Not that we do not have the right. Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us. In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat. We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others. Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and to eat their own food. But you, brothers, do not be remiss in doing good.

We ask the Lord’s blessings upon us that the work that we do may help support ourselves, our families, help the needs of others and give us meaning and satisfaction to our lives. May we do an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. May employers treat their employees with dignity and justice.

As a reminder, the monthly Healing Mass will be this Wednesday, September 6, starting with the recitation of the rosary at 7:00 p.m.

I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday, September 5, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,