Sunday to Monday | Peace at the Bottom

On Sunday we looked at Luke 14:1,7-14 through the lens of what Jesus' parable might say about Labor Day.   Jesus calls us to be humble and hospitable so that everyone is welcome to the table and treated honorably regardless of their job. 

Our vocation is to belong to Jesus so completely that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. What you and I must do is nothing less than putting our love for Christ into practice. The important things is not how much we accomplish, but how much love we put into our deeds every day. That is the measure of our love for God.  -Mother Teresa

Here are some discussion starters for your Labor Day celebrations:

1. Do you find yourself seeking ways to be honored above others? Or to serve others?
2. Who is missing from your “table” at home, at work, at school, at church, in your community? How might you become more hospitable and inclusive?
3. Where do you find it easy to be humble? Where is it difficult?
4. How might you look through the lens of Jesus’ eye when considering Labor Day as more than just the last weekend of the summer? How do we bring about peace in our world by offering hospitality and justice to all workers?
5. Watch this video using jelly beans to help us count our days.  How will you spend this day?

Especially for families:

1. Talk about “what I want to be when I grow up” and possible career options for each person in the family (including adults who might want to grow into different careers later in life).
2. Labor Day was started to recognize the achievements of American workers. Talk about how the things we have: home, cars, food, clothes, books, computers…are made by workers. How can your family “recognize” American workers throughout the year? (Thanking workers, being respectful, speaking up for safe working conditions, etc.)
3. Community Prayers: As a family develop a prayer list for the workers in your community you think could use prayer: road construction workers, grocery clerks, fast food employees, teachers, police officers, firefighters, day care workers, etc. Get index card and write or draw each “job” on a card. Pick one card each night to pray for those serving in those jobs to remember that all work is important and each worker is a child of God.

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