Monday, September 04, 2006
The "Irony" of Labor Day
"It must be said over and over again that work is for man, not man for work…The worker is always more important than profits and machines." --John Paul II, Talk in Sydney, Australia, November 1986
Wait a minute, this isn't funny.
It is, however, "ironic" in the most profound Christian sense: the statement goes against the apparent reality in our culture.
How many jobs really value the human being in his or her wholeness?
How does our work culture fail in contributing to the culture of life?
Happy Labor Day to all us Americans. Go celebrate the God who is the source of our human dignity. We'll be back to some (hopefully life-giving) ironic amusement tomorrow.
(who is working today, FYI)
p.s. If your picnic is washed out, go read JP II's On Human Work. Or bring it along.