Blessed be God forever

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you: fruit of the earth and the work of human hands, it will become for us the bread of life.

Resp. Blessed be God forever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the wine we offer you: fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.

Resp. Blessed be God forever.

These words are prayed at every celebration of the Eucharist; sometimes audibly, sometimes not. They are an eighty-three-word theology of/for Labor Day. Through God’s goodness (grace) we are and have all that we are and hold in stewardship before God. Borrowing the Patek Philippe the French watch add, we can say, “We never actually own anything. We merely look after it for the next generation.”

God, perhaps foolishly, creates us to be collaborators in the work of bringing the divine cosmic garden dinner party to completion. God’s gifts and our graced labor become the bread of life and inspirited drink as symbols and first fruits of God’s plan made flesh in and through Christ.

Liturgy from the Greek leitourgia (public service, work of the people) is the work of everyone of us and calls everyone of us to be and hold and do in every place and time the work we do here in worship.

Blessed be God forever.              

-Rev. Andrew D. Ciferni, O. Praem.