There are some people who picture heaven as a place where no one has to do any work. Other people believe that the Church does not truly care about individual workers. Neither of these is true. Pope Pius XII pointed this out definitively when he instituted the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker in 1955. We observed this feast earlier this week, and we recognize it every May 1.
While work is sometimes (often) a source of stress in our lives, where would we be without it? Work, while difficult, is part and parcel of human nature and serves human dignity. Work enables us to celebrate our gifts and talents from God and empowers us to participate in creation with God. Work is a human right, and those deprived of work are denied dignity and usually a decent livelihood. We know that Jesus worked as a carpenter, and that knowledge can elevate our work (whether physical or intellectual in nature) in our hearts and minds.