Sunday, September 1, 2013

On Work and the Cross

As we celebrate another Labor Day, we recall the words of Blessed Pope John Paul II on the meaning which Christ brings to our daily toils by his Holy Cross!
“Sweat and toil, which work necessarily involves in the present condition of the human race, present the Christian and everyone who is called to follow Christ with the possibility of sharing lovingly in the work that Christ came to do. This work of salvation came about through suffering and death on a Cross. By enduring the toil of work in union with Christ crucified for us, man in a way collaborates with the Son of God for the redemption of humanity. He shows himself a true disciple of Christ by carrying the cross in his turn every day in the activity that he is called upon to perform...The Christian finds in human work a small part of the Cross of Christ and accepts it in the same spirit of redemption in which Christ accepted his Cross for us.”
Blessed Pope John Paul II, Laborem Exercens (1981)