Ah, Labor Day: the last hurrah of summer—a time for barbecues and one last family trip. But this Labor Day, honor the true spirit of the holiday by telling your kids about the Church’s rich teaching about the dignity of work. Here’s a backgrounder, and nine things to do with your kids.
The readings for this weekend have a common theme: God’s authority shared with human beings. The authority we’re given is a gift, and one that stays with us only if we’re willing to use it properly.
It takes a special kind of person to think that world domination is a good idea; and I don’t mean special in a good way. It’s an expensive proposition—it costs lives, money, comfort, safety, and identity. More importantly, it costs your soul. Because, if you are so full of hubris that you believe your way is the only right way, that you are so much better than everyone else, that you should rule all, that other people’s rights and dignities are negotiable according to what suits you… if you have placed yourself in the position to judge others, then you have set yourself up as God and that’s always a losing proposition.
Today’s readings are about valuing our relationship with God properly. God offers us many gifts, and when we respond with appreciation of them, they become like treasure to us.
God is merciful, lenient and desirous of our being reconciled to him. Because of this, God gives us every opportunity to do what’s right, to live the justice that God models for us, and even fills in for us when we don’t know how to talk to him.
Besides delivering amazing special effects and a solid plot, Planet of the Apes deals with themes of war, peace, fear and mercy, all of which make for a great faith conversation with teens.
When people do nice things for us, we want to repay them. Even though God needs nothing from us, God does the same for us. Today we hear that when we live for God by taking care of others, we will receive a reward, too.
Breaking News! The original Battlestar Galactica series is going to be on a local TV station near me this summer! Whoop-dee-do, you say? It’s been on Netflix for years, you say? Well, pardon me, but I’m somewhat elderly (42!) and don’t remember things like Netflix when I’m wishing to see my old TV shows. I still “tape” the shows I want to watch on my DVR. As much as I try to live in the brave new world of technology—with some small successes—my brain is wired for the 1980s. So, when I heard that BSG was going to be on, I was very excited. I bought the theme song on iTunes and have been listening to it frequently in my hype.
God is a community of love. We call this community the Trinity. God is a model for us of how we’re supposed to live in relationship, and our families, our “little churches,” are a reflection of that love. We ask God to “come along in our company” so that we can always live in God’s love.
Pentecost is finally here! This is the day the disciples who were gathered together in the Upper Room received the Holy Spirit and were finally made ready to accept and live out the Mission of Christ: to go and make disciples of of all nations. Now, it’s our mission, too.