Did you know that it was President Grover Cleveland who in 1894, signed into law the observance of Labor Day as a National Holiday for all states, territories and Washington D.C.? So it was; 122 years ago that the first Monday of September would become a national holiday, honoring the American labor movement and all whose hard work contributed to the prosperity and well-being of our country.
Then there is another kind of “Labor Day”, another day to stop from our daily work routine. This day was “made official” by our Creator when at the end of six days of creation, God rested. How interesting it is that our allknowing God deemed it necessary to include a day to rest from our labors. So important was it that God included it in the Ten Commandments. We know it as the third Commandment: Keep holy the Lord’s Day. Now, there is much written about how we are to understand keeping the seventh day holy, as theologians and doctors of the Church have written volumes about it. But in its simplest form, we understand that we are to rest on Sundays.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says this: Just as God “rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done,” human life has a rhythm of work and rest. The institution of the Lord’s Day helps everyone enjoy adequate rest and leisure to cultivate their familial, cultural, social and religious lives. CCC 2184
The precept of the Church specifies the law of the Lord more precisely: “On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass. CCC 2180 about making Sunday holy? Do you attend Mass, take time to reconnect with family and to honor the day as belonging first, to God? Do you refrain from your normal work routine? To be sure, not all work schedules include weekends off and most parents would admit they would love to have a day of rest, but for the responsibilities of raising their children. Let us together be ever mindful of the Lord’s Day giving thanks to God by taking time to worship, to rest, to relax that we might be re-energized to continue our work as Christians.
Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day!
Blessings, Deb Rudolph
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