November 17, 2013: Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Catholic Social Teaching: Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
“Through work, we continually participate in upholding life in God’s creation. By supporting a living wage and safe working conditions, economic justice aligns with the common good in respecting workers’ dignity by providing the necessities of life.” From https://cst74life.wordpress.com/
First reading: Malachi 3:19-20a
Psalm: 98:5-6, 7-8, 9
Second reading: 2nd Thessalonians 3:7-12
Gospel: Luke 21:5-19
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“Far from diminishing our concern to develop this earth, the expectancy of a new earth should spur us on, for it is here that the body of a new human family grows, foreshadowing in some way the age which is to come. That is why, although we must be careful to distinguish earthly progress clearly from the increase of the kingdom of Christ, such progress is of vital concern to the kingdom of God, insofar as it can contribute to the better ordering of human society.” (1049) From the Daily Roman Missal, introduction to the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
The awareness that “the form of this world is passing away” (1 Cor 7:31) is not an exoneration from being involved in the world, and even less from work (cf. 2 Thes 3:7-15),which is an integral part of the human condition, although not the only purpose of life. No Christian, in light of the fact that he belongs to a united and fraternal community, should feel that he has the right not to work and to live at the expense of others (cf. 2 Thes 3:6-12). Rather, all are charged by the Apostle Paul to make it a point of honour to work with their own hands, so as to “be dependent on nobody” (1 Thes 4:12), and to practise a solidarity which is also material by sharing the fruits of their labour with “those in need” (Eph 4:28). Saint James defends the trampled rights of workers: “Behold, the wages of the labourers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts” (Jas 5:4). Believers are to undertake their work in the style of Christ and make it an occasion for Christian witness, commanding “the respect of outsiders” (1 Thes 4:12). (264)
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Workplaces where the proud strut their cockiness, the arrogant skim over the heart of work and bullies intimidate with the force of their tongues, all sear their connection to the importance of a collective workplace focus. These types of employees fail to root themselves in the creative, unitive process of work and instead hover in a self-serving mode to fuel their own needs for power and control. Workplace justice, of honoring the dignity of all workers, means respecting each branch of the proverbial tree and ceasing to exist as an individual motivated by pride, arrogance and bullying, that thinks they are the tree, the entire tree by themselves. For work is not about amassing resources for just ourselves, but sharing with those facing challenges and nurturing the generations following us. By the witness of our work, let us personify the dignity of each employee. And if necessary, let us pray for the wisdom to speak with perseverance when we see workers marginalized as factors of production, at our jobs and for other employees in our communities. Also, let us become socially responsible consumers by purchasing products where worker dignity is upheld. For every worker on the planet is our brother and sister, our co-worker in serving God’s kingdom for the common good and if we deny their dignity in any form, we deny the goodness of our loving God.
Individual Reflection: 2nd Thessalonians 3:7-12
Be a mentor, by sharing your workplace skills through a professional organization, technical school, junior college or university.
Family Reflection: Malachi 3:19-20a
Visit the web site of Peace Builders, an organization devoted to promoting safe, productive, educational environments. Look at their anti-bullying resources and discuss them with your family.
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