……from your Pastor’s Desk
Labor Day: Monday,
September 7, 2020
It seems odd to speak of ‘Labor Day’ when so many people are out of work. However, the ideals are still sound and true.
In 1981 Pope [Now Saint] John Paul II wrote Laborem Exercens (On Human Work). In it he affirmed that “The Church considers it her task always to call attention to the dignity and rights of those who work, to condemn situations in which that dignity and those rights are violated. And to help to guide (necessary) changes so as to ensure authentic progress by man and society.” He thought highly of the dignity of human labor (work). But not all do.
Work – some put in endless hours to avoid it. They work hard at not-working.
Work – some can’t get enough of it and must be busy all the time; multi-tasking is their norm.
Work – it does a body good.
God worked. God created the earth and then God rested. But that doesn’t mean the earth project was finished – far from it.
In the creation stories, God made human beings, in a manner of speaking, “co-creators‟ to fashion this world and to make it reflect God’s goodness and love. Adam and Eve were to tend the Garden of Eden. They were, in a sense, to fashion and finish God’s work. Well, that was the plan.
But sin entered in. Because of original sin, people put themselves ahead of God, people thought of themselves before others, people often saw others as a threat to their own welfare. People saw work as drudgery to be avoided rather than as a share in God’s work of creation. They were more interested accumulating things and in money than in creating.
Labor Day reminds us of the dignity of all work. It reminds us that we are called to offer all work to the Lord. And it reminds us of the dignity of each human being. All are created in the image of God. All are called to work together to build up a world of justice, peace, respect, and love. We believe that we are called to work together for a just economy in which all people of the world share in all things which the Lord has created for us all. We still have a lot of work to do; this world is far from finished. Let’s get to it!
Works for me!
Well, once again, due to local government decisions regarding safety, all ‘Places of Worship’ cannot have indoor services. So, we are temporarily shut down as far as mass attendance goes. However, we are still very much open otherwise. Regular office hours and such.
As far as outdoor services, in a previous communication I said we’d start in about two weeks. Which would be next weekend, weather/smoke/smog permitting. Good thing it’s not this Sunday. I just checked [again] with the weather service – it will be 104 here in this part of Skyhawk this Sunday [September 6]. That’s just too hot. Next Sunday [September 13] is expected to be more in the mid to high 80’s. Doable.
So, if all goes well, we will have our first outdoor mass here at Holy Spirit [ in the courtyard] at 10 am on Sunday, September 13. If you have your own folding chair, bring it [water too]. Also masks and 6 foot spacing will be the norm. If you don’t have a folding chair, we will have chairs available.
See you then. Hopefully
P.S.: Yes. We will continue with the YouTube Mass as well.