LABOR DAY Lectionary #907
If a special celebration is planned, Lectionary texts may be taken from the optional proper Mass for Labor Day (907–911), and prayer texts may be taken from texts in The Roman Missal “For the Sanctification of Human Labor.” In the encyclical Rerum novarum , the first major papal address on modern labor (May 15, 1891), Pope Leo XIII wrote: “According to natural reason and Christian philosophy, working for gain is creditable, not shameful, to someone, since it enables that person to earn an honorable livelihood; but to misuse people as though they were things in the pursuit of gain, or to value them solely for their physical powers—that is truly shameful and inhuman.” And as Monsignor George Higgins, the “labor priest” who died in May 2002, wrote: “The overwhelming majority of lay people . . . will exercise their ministry, their calling or vocation, not behind the altar rail or within the sanctuary but in and through their respective occupations, be they workers, employers, bankers, professionals, or what have you . . . At a time when the church puts so much emphasis on the work of catechetical, liturgical, and other ministries within the church—and rightly so—we must pay attention also to those who work as Christians in what are sometimes denigrated as purely ‘secular' tasks.”

1 Thessalonians 4:1b-2, 9-12
Early in his ministry, Paul offers a model for daily Christian life that includes “work with your own hands” as well as “mutual charity.”

Psalm of the Day: Ps 90. This psalm is the same one used on the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (see additional suggestions for musical settings there). It is primarily a lament with some added wisdom elements. The verses chosen for today begin with the introductory lament over the human condition (vv. 3-6) and end with the petition for wisdom and salvation from divine wrath (vv. 12-17).

In Every Age (Gelineau or Murray with antiphon III by Proulx) RS 120
In Every Age (Gelineau or Murray/Englert) WOR 48
In Every Age (Guimont) GC 83
In Every Age (Smith) GP 228
Señor, Tu Has Sido Nuestro Refugio (Palazón) FYC 230

Matthew 6:31-34
The Christian perspective sees everything in light of the reign of God: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness . . .”

Songs for the Liturgy
All That I Am CH 373
All Who Love and Serve Your City CH 467/WOR 621
Busca Primero Cantos de Pueblo de Dios (WLP) 148
Come to Me GC 647GC2 633//RS 763/WC 855, 870
Digo Sí, Señor Cantos de Pueblo de Dios (WLP) 128/GC 597/GC2 581/RS 722
For the Fruits of This Creation JS 418/RS 704/WC 959/WOR 562
For the Healing of the Nations GC 719/GC2 712/JS 472/RS 823/WC 935/WOR 643
God, Who Stretched the Spangled Heavens CH 604/RS 819/WC 717
God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending RS 794/WC 799
He Understands; He'll Say “Well Done” LMGM 144
I Will Not Die GC 657/GP 716/JS 552/RS 771
In the Midst of Work or Pain CH 522
Jesus Our Divine Companion WC 942
Just a Little While LMGM 146
Justice Shall Flourish WC 912
Lord of All Hopefulness CH 524/GC 578/GC2 560/GP 622/JS 415/RS 713/WC 811/WOR 568
Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service CH 606/GC 681/GC2 668/GP 557/JS 462/RS 793/WC 943/WOR 630
Lover of Us All GC 633/GP 643/JS 550
Moved by the Gospel, Let Us Move GC 685/RS 801
Praise and Thanksgiving GC 764/GC2 754/RS 867
Profetiza Cantos de Pueblo de Dios (WLP) 174/FYC 335
Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God GC 615/GC2 600/GP 608/JS 544/RS 728/WC 837/WOR 580
Send Us Forth JS 639
Those Who Love and Those Who Labor CH 481/RS 805/WOR 632
Today I Awake GC 755/RS 857
We Shall Not Be Silent GP 559/JS 665
What Does the Lord Require RS 783/WOR 624