Happy Labor Day!
On Monday, we are going to celebrate Labor Day. This is a day of honoring working people, their contributions, achievements and sacrifices in pursuit of national prosperity and well-being. However, this year will be a different way of celebrating the holiday. Although there might be a “small’ and simple gatherings throughout our nation, this will be an unforgettable year because of the pandemic and its effects to employment.
Despite the challenges we face, I encourage all of us to celebrate Labor Day with grateful hearts as we pay tribute and give thanks for all those who have been working from home since the pandemic started.
We thank in a very special way all of the essential workers particularly the front liners – the hospital workers, grocery and farm workers, bus drivers, police officers, fire fighters, pastoral care givers, and airport employees. These are the people who ensure our safety; who make sure we have food on our table; we are able to go where we need to go; and take care of our spiritual needs.
We give thanks for the work that they do for all of us. They show us that God never abandons all of us, His people. He is always close to us, especially when pain becomes more present. God knows the challenges we face and the loss and grief we feel. This weekend let us pray for and willingly participate in God’s work healing the hurt, loss, and injustice that this pandemic has caused and exposed. Let us offer all we can to the Lord to make all things new, to being signs of hope, strength, and light.
On behalf of Fr. Edgar, the Staff of the Parish and School of Holy Spirit, I would like to wish all of you a peaceful and safe Labor Day Holiday. Let us all continue to work together in making present God’s Kingdom by loving and serving one another.