Capsule for the Day
John 5:17 reveals God as Our Father who keeps working. He works for us. He keeps working on us, and with us. And He expects us to also keep working. "To work", according to St. Benedict is "to pray". For in work we resemble Our Father who keeps working... Work affirms our dignity.
But work can also destroy our dignity. There are many who see work as an escape route from family time or an excuse to shy away from responsibilities. And some even see work as a means of denying or ignoring what they are afraid to face. So work shields them from facing their true selves.
Work in this sense enslaves. It leaves us empty and spent. We end up not enjoying the fruit of our labour. Our Father who keeps working rested. On the seventh day He rested... He took time to savour the beauty of His work. And He wants us to do same. Let's ask St. Joseph to help us.
Fr. Francis Afu