Reflection From Fr. Taylor: September 4, 2016, 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 9:13-18b; Philemon 9-10, 12-17; Luke 14:25-33

This weekend we celebrate Labor Day and it is an opportunity to acknowledge and proclaim all the good that God has done for us in giving us talents, gifts and the ability to use them for the benefit of others. While our faith is a gift from God so is our work. What we do in this world is only because of his love, affirmation and grace.

Many are unable to find fulfillment in using their God given talents in work and in sharing with others. Many lack good paying meaningful jobs to help support their families. We take our lead from Jesus and from St. Joseph the Worker. Work ultimately is not something we do just for pay, it’s something that we do out of love and care. We are very lucky if we consider whatever employment we have not so much as a job, but as a vocation. When we look at it as a vocation, it means that it is something that we are doing primarily because it makes life better for other people. What if there were so many opportunities to give of ourselves in these ways. But we can abuse what we have and there are others around us that would put to good use the gifts, talents and good use the gifts, talents and goods that we have.

As we celebrate Labor Day this weekend maybe we can take a look at our own status in life whether we are students, employers, employees, retirees, disabled, all of us have the ability to make contributions, and what we do is never better than what another is able to do.

Have a joyful and peace-filled labor day weekend.

 

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