the 1940’s and 1950’s several priests in France set out early in the morning to
work in factories.Seeing that many laborers
had stopped coming to church, these “worker-priests” decided to bring the
gospel to them.It became a contentious
experiment, however.Worker-priests supported
union organizing which was opposed by managers, who did go to church.Eventually, the worker-priests were told by
the hierarchy to leave their jobs.
worker-priest movement might have found its inspiration in today’s first reading.As Jesus Christ experienced the human
condition, worker-priests worked side-by-side with laborers.The reading is quite explicit.Jesus was tried by suffering so that he might
help others who suffer.No doubt, worker-priests
suffered as well.They went to work
before dawn when they might have slept until the hour of daily mass.They also had to face rejection for their
attempt to preach the gospel.
is part of every human life, but especially the Christian life.Jesus tells his disciples to take up their
cross and follow him.He means that we
are not to shun but to embrace suffering as a way of serving him.When we are sick, we can bear with the discomfort
as an offering to God for others’ sake.When we are well but find it distasteful to visit the sick, we should
not shirk that service.
Bilingual Roman Catholic priest of the Southern Dominican Province. Currently serving as rector of the St. Martin de Porres National Shrine and Institute in Memphis, TN. The "homilettes" on this website are completely his work. He may be contacted for preaching at email@example.com.
Telephone: (415) 279-9234.