Amoris Laetitia 23: The Work of Your Hands

amoris laetitia memeParagraphs 23 through 26 fall under the theme, “The Work of Your Hands,” citing the second verse of the Psalm which continues to guide our reflection in this initial chapter of Amoris Laetitia:

23. At the beginning of Psalm 128, the father appears as a laborer who by the work of his hands sustains the physical well-being and tranquility of his family: “You shall eat the fruit of the labor 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 laborer 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.

I would not read this with a sexist interpretation. We are all aware that women labor with men, if not directly alongside them. The last phrase above is key: people cultivate their gifts and talents, expressing them in such a way so as to provide for their own well-being and for their loved ones.

 

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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