We have just celebrated Labor Day, which, in the Philippines is on May 1. It is significant that we do so on the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker. On this day, the Church finds inspiration in the example of St. Joseph, and we reflect in a special way the human and supernatural value of work. All work, the Church teaches, is a collaboration in God’s own work of creation, and man was given the duty and right ”to exercise dominion over the earth”.
While it is true that the celebration of Labor Day every 1st of May has always been associated with demonstrations and calls for higher wages and better working conditions, it is also proper to spend this day paying tribute to our hardworking kababayan who offer hours of labor every single day.