What a marvelous coincidence that the 13th Sunday after Pentecost this year comes on the eve of Labor Day, for in the lections for this Sunday, we find much ado about labor and especially laboring zeal, that is, about exulting as we put our shoulders to the proverbial wheel, as a preferred and indeed enduring way of life, in response to exhortations in word and deed in Holy Scripture (Hebrew Bible and New Testament as well), by or on behalf of the Divine.

I speak of our ideal of labor that fulfills, as joyful means of achieving the more abundant life assured us by our Savior, Jesus the Christ. Let’s take a look: