‘Joy does not come without effort, when one plants flowers, one must water them’ (German proverb)

This week we are invited to reflect upon the place of work, which involves study, in our lives. Work is perhaps the most sacred task in that it is an opportunity to share in God’s work of creation. God has trusted us with the task of continuing the work that he started with the creation of the universe.

The future of the world is in our hands. Yet it need not be viewed as a chore. Work is something that can, and should, be creative and enjoyable. Something through which each one of us can find fulfilment as a person.

Matt 14: 54-56



He came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter’s son?
Father, we thank you for being able to work and play.
May our work help us to find our true vocation in life and bring justice and peace into the lives
of those we meet.
May our play prepare us for our work so that we can approach it with freshness and enthusiasm.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen