HAPPY LABOR DAY
The Church of the Home
It's Labor Day Weekend! Whether you are celebrating up north or relaxing at home, Labor Day is one of those holidays that has many meanings. For some, it is the last hurrah of summer. For others, it is an occasion to sleep in on a Monday morning. But for all of us, it is an opportunity to give thanks to God for the gift of work and the dignity that accompanies that gift.
Work, in any form, is more than a means to earn money or complete necessary tasks. It is another way in which we can participate in God's creation. Jesus knew first hand about what it meant to be a laborer. He was raised by a laborer, many of his disciples were laborers, and he taught parables about laborers. Jesus and the church call us to respect the importance of work and the dignity of every worker.
The Catholic Bishops of the United States have long held that the most effective way to build a just economy is to make decent work at decent wages available for all those capable of working. When the economy fails to generate sufficient jobs paying a livable wage, there is a moral obligation to protect the life and dignity of unemployed and underemployed workers and their families.
As our nation celebrates Labor Day weekend, may we be mindful of the Gospel mandate accompany and empower the poor and marginalized, advocating for policies and legislation which advance justice, defend human dignity, and protect our environment.
You can read the USCCB’s annual Labor Say statement and find additional faith-based resources and prayers at: