Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Amoris Laetitia - Par. 23

The Work of your Hands

23.   At the beginning of Psalm 128, the father appears as a labourer who by the work of his hands sustains the physical well-being and tranquillity of his family: “You shall eat the fruit of the labour of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you” (Ps 128:2).   It is clear from the very first pages of the Bible that work is an essential part of human dignity; there we read that “the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it” (Gen 2:15).  Man is presented as a labourer who works the earth, harnesses the forces of nature and produces “the bread of  anxious toil” (Ps 127:2), in addition to cultivating his own gifts and talents.