In the Gospel passage from Luke this weekend Jesus stresses the importance of being fully prepared when we set out to begin a project. We must be aware of the costs before we can make the personal investment. The same is true when it comes to being a disciple of Jesus Christ. True discipleship, being willing to carry one’s cross, is very rewarding, but it also requires hard work and sacrifice. Accepting the Christian way of life, truly is a labor of love.
A LABOR DAY PRAYER
On this weekend, when we rest from our usual labors, loving Father, we pray for all who shoulder the tasks of human labor—in the marketplace, in factories and offices, in the professions, and in family living.
We thank you, Lord, for the gift and opportunity of work; may our efforts always be pure of heart, for the good of others and the glory of your name.
We lift up to you all who long for just employment and those who work to defend the rights and needs of workers everywhere.
May those of us who are now retired always remember that we still make a valuable contribution to our Church and our world by our prayers and deeds of charity.
May our working and our resting all give praise to you until the day we share together in eternal rest with all our departed in your Kingdom as you live and reign Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. (Archdiocese of Detroit)