Restoring life, building community

Pencil Preaching for Monday, September 5, 2022

"Stretch out your hand" (Luke 6:10).

Labor Day

1 Cor 5:1-8; Luke 6:6-11

The healing of the man with the withered hand is appropriate to today's national holiday in honor of labor in the United States. The miracle not only healed a hand, it also restored a life by enabling that man to work, to support himself and his family, to re-enter the community with dignity and independence as a contributor.

These are all the values we celebrate on Labor Day: the availability of meaningful jobs, adequate and just pay, safe workplaces, reasonable hours, appropriate benefits, non-discrimination and fairness in hiring, responsive management. Without these rights and opportunities, a nation cannot function, and community is not possible. Every withered life diminishes the whole community.

Catholic Social Justice principles uphold these core values as necessary for human life and as a foreshadowing of the Beloved Community that Jesus preached. Our faith commits us to these goals. When we see progress here, we know we have something to celebrate.

Pat Marrin

Pat is the former editor of our sister publication, Celebration, and he also served as NCR cartoonist. After retirement in 2016, Pat continues to contribute to NCR with his Francis comic strip and Pencil Preaching.

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