Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Rest and give thanks on Labor Day: Daily Mass Homily--Monday, September 2nd, 2013

            I normally don’t give daily Mass homilies at home, but since we have guests I suppose I should.  I also think I should take up a collection.
            Two thoughts come to mind on Labor Day.  First, our country recognizes the need to give all workers a day off once a year.  Yet we Christians know that God gives us one day a week to worship, rest and relax with our family and friends.  This day should be a reminder that we are blessed with the Sabbath and get to keep it holy.
            Second, our hearts should be filled with gratitude on the gifts we have been given.  We are all comfortable with good jobs and live in a safe environment.  We have an abundance of food, clean drinking water and do not survive day by day.  Each of these gifts we have is a gift from God and our only response to His goodness is our gratitude. 
            Eucharist comes from the Greek word for thanksgiving.  We are blessed by coming to Mass this morning.  To our neighbors, you didn’t even know an invitation would come when you woke up this morning.  As a priest, I am blessed to celebrate Mass every day.  For the gift of the Mass, we say thanks to God.
            As we rest at our beautiful corner of Big Sandy Lake we thank God for His abundant blessings in our life.

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