September 1, 2019: Sunday, September 1, 2019, Labor Day Weekend

by Sr Cynthia Hruby ND

First Reading: Sirach 3: 17-18, 20, 28-29
Second Reading: Hebrews 12: 18-19, 22-24a
Gospel: Luke 14: 1, 7-14

While Labor Day is a national holiday (and not a religious day), we can remember all those who labor and toil for the good of all our communities.

The first reading, invites us to be humble: “Conduct your affairs with humility” or, as another translation says, “Do thy works in meekness.” The second reminds us that we approach “the city of the living God, …the judge of all.” The Gospel returns to humility: “When you are invited, go and take the lowest place…. When you hold a banquet, invite the poor…”

In verse 6 of the Gospel, Luke tells us Jesus was observed; in verse 7, he tells us Jesus observed the guests vying for places of honor. As I pondered this passage, it occurred to me that the home of the leading Pharisee where Jesus went to dine very likely had servants who made the same observations as they went about their duties. What did they think if the host asked a guest to move higher, or lower? I wondered if any of the servants came from the poor among whom Jesus walked. Maybe some decided to find out who this man was.

This week, let’s be mindful of how status determines our own actions. Let’s be sure to “see” those who work behind the scenes.

Let us pray
Creator Lord, the source of all wisdom and purpose, and the blessing of those who labor; be with us in our work to guide and govern our world. Give to all people work that enhances human dignity and bonds us to one another. Give us pride in our work, a fair return for our labor, and joy in knowing that our work finds its source in you; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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