Eucharist and The Workers. By Cajetan Peter DSouza

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The churches contribution to workers goes way behind the year 1891, when Pope Leo XIII released the first encyclical of the Catholic Church, Rerum Novarum, when he made us aware of the rights and dignity of labour. Rerum Novarum focused on the workers contribution to the Catholic Church. Thus the Eucharist played a vital role in empowering the workers. The founder of a Catholic based Workers Apostolate, Christian Workers Movement, Joseph Cardinal Cardijn said, Without work, there is no host, no wine& thus work and workers contribute to make the Eucharist meaningful and becomes a sign of empowerment to all workers.
The Eucharist is a combination of human dignity & labour. It enhances workers to build a new world through their efforts and contributions. The sweat, blood, tears and toils if workers when brought to the altar of God becomes holistic and attributes in building Gods kingdom at our places of work. Thus our places of work become a place where God helps us to bring out ourselves as his apostles and challenge situations that threaten humanity. The Eucharist helps to challenge ourselves to stand for truth & righteousness; justice & peace; for understanding & injustice. The Eucharist takes workers through the journey of Calvary where Christ was first condemned to death and as the journey continues, Christs encounter with various people the good & the bad; the Tax Collectors and the Pharisees; we find that many of us are all wrapped up in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The first Eucharist that was celebrated on Maundy Thursday, still today live through the sweat, tears, toil and bread of the worker, empowering the workers. It is encouraging to see many workers have taken refuge in Christ & the Eucharist when they are struck with unpleasant movement of their lives and this empowerment helps workers stand upright during those times when they have to face hardships in their lives.
The Eucharist empowers and encourages workers to be considerate towards those workers who are suffering for the sake of other workers and participate in their mission of building a Just & sustainable world for workers. The Eucharist in a very special way encounters the sufferings of workers as Jesus Christ is broken as His Body in the form of host & Cup of wine drunk in the form of his blood.
The empowerment of workers begins at the Eucharist and this Eucharist is later taken to workers of all faith when we consolidate with their joys & sorrows, their hopes & struggles. When we help our fellow workers gain dignity, we bring empowerment of the Eucharist in that worker. This work later transforms into a wonderful ministry through the empowerment and then into a meaningful Apostolate that goes to empower workers in the light of the Holy Gospel, with human and gospel values.
The Eucharist also invites Catholics to participate in the mission of Jesus Christ of building Gods kingdom at their places of work, Church & society. It empowers workers to be Christs apostles and transform their lives and their work. The Eucharist empowers workers to stand for Christ and the greater glory of God.
The Eucharist invites Catholic workers, professionals, business people, self-employed people and other Catholics to share and participate in building of Gods kingd0m at our places of work, church and society. It enables us to focus on our role as apostles and ambassadors of Jesus Christ and in empowering other workers on the apostolate of work and spirituality of labour. Thus the Eucharist encourages Catholics to involve and participate in the Workers Apostolate of the Catholic Church, namely the Christian Workers Movement.
Hence Catholic workers, professionals, business people, self-employed people and other Catholics including the retired and those taken VRS/CRS must fulfill their vocation as workers and enroll themselves as members of the Christian Workers Movement the Church amongst workers and participate in Christs mission of building Gods kingdom at their places of work. For details write to, Christian Workers Movement, 37/1095, Pantnagar, Ghatkopar Mumbai 400 075 or by e-mail at or

POEM FOR WORKERS’ DAY: WORKERS AS EVANGELISERS







As evangelisers of Jesus Christ, in our midst we bring Him
and look for ways to serve Him
in the unemployed, underemployed & unorganised workers we find Him
through unity and justice, we get closer to Him.
A new world is now to be build
by the work of human hands
through God's power we are filled
and we set up in our trends.
Standing for God and for His Glory at their work place
They empower other workers with Grace
Their deeds are kind and they are pure
Cos they are God's true Evangelisers.
As Evangelists of Christ, workers are the light of the world
To the factory workers, the lathe and other tools are their altar
The working place becomes is a sacred place, that can be told
The production line, the computer, stack of grocery bags becoming sacred vessels.
We bring Jesus Christ at our places of work becoming His evangelisers.
Walking in the path of truth and justice
They enrich other workers with bliss
True to their word, they build God's kingdom
and thus answer Christ's call when said, "Follow me, Come!
Let's join hands and pray to God
to bless our work by his accord
That as workers, we are called to be Christ's Evangelisers
hat as workers, we have to build God's kingdom at our workplaces.

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