Everybody’s Working

But is everybody working for the right things?

We spend more time at work than we do at virtually any other activity. And yet, most people either view work as meaningless drudgery or as self-fulfillment. Is it possible that we have gotten work wrong? There is a Biblical view of work that the Church reveals and communicates and calls us to. Everybody’s working, but not everybody is working for the right thing.


Homily from the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

When Jesus steps into your boat, He may call you to leave your nets and follow Him. But He also might call you to stay with your nets and follow Him. You may not be called to a new what, but Jesus calls you to a new how.

Mass Readings from February 07, 2016:
Isaiah 6:1-8
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11

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Homily from the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

We can place so much emphasis on what kind of job we have or what kind of work we do that we lose sight of what it is that gives work dignity. Human work had dignity because of the fact that human beings, made in God’s image and acting as His coworkers, are doing the work.

Mass Readings from January 31, 2016:
Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19
1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13
Luke 4:21-30

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Homily from the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

If work is about me, then it will always involve fruitless and pointless toil. But if work is about responding to a call outside or myself…if it is about responding to a need outside of myself…then work is free to simply “be work”. And we can cease to look to work for validation, identity, and meaning.

Mass Readings from January 24, 2016:
Nehemiah 8:2-4, 5-6, 8-10
1 Corinthians 12:12-30
Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

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Homily from the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

In the beginning, God made human beings for work. Work is one of the attributes we share with God. We are made to be God’s co-workers in this world. This reality wasn’t lost after the Fall, but it was obscured. We work for the wrong things or in the wrong way. But work is still a blessing if we look at it with the proper vision.

Mass Readings from January 17, 2016:
Isaiah 62:1-5
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
John 2:1-11

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