“We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father, knowing, brothers loved by God, how you were chosen.” (1 Thessalonians 1:2-4).
As I write for the first time in the Herald Journal, I hope I speak for the pastors in the area, at least I do for myself, when I echo the words of St. Paul to the Thessalonians of gratitude for all of you. Indeed, you are in our prayers daily, as we also ask to continue to be in yours.
Together, we continue the work of the early Church, which took Jesus’ invitation to heart as they acknowledged that the harvest of ministry was abundant and laborers were few (see Mt. 9:37). Today, we see the need for sharing in Christ’s ministry just as real, and few labors more visible.
His ministry calls us and we were chosen to work at our faith, to work at it with love, and to endure it in hope of Christ.
As our country celebrated Labor Day recently, we see many people suffering from unemployment. We pray that jobs may be created and people may get back to the labor force soon. Labor helps provides families and individuals with income to survive.
Likewise, our faith provides us with a relationship with God so that we can survive spiritually. Our prayers should address our desire to work at our faith and to labor with love as we do so. Prayers may not get us jobs right away, but if we endure with hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, we will find ourselves at peace and growing in love of Him.
Faith is how we are to live our lives; love is how we are to live it out; and hope allows us to trust in God and put it all in perspective. As your pastors labor for you, remember that you are in our prayers.