Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
O blessed penance which has earned for me such great glory!
-- St Peter of Alcantara in a vision to St. Teresa
The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath Mark 2:27
As a child the nuns taught me what the rules were. Go to Mass every every Sunday because God made it one of the Ten Commandments, #3, Keep Holy the Lord's Day. For the rest of my life I had that thought echo in my conscience and did nothing about it, disobeying God for the majority of my life. So many years had passed, haunting me in the beginning, and gradually my absence from Mass faded into oblivion.
Not until my wife told me that we would have to raise one of our grand-children, because her son and daughter-in-law ran afoul of the law, did I get jolted into my older conscience. We then decided to locate a church nearby so that we could easily attend and participate. Now, 15 years later we are still honoring the Sabbath faithfully.
Take It To Heart
The practice of the Sabbath finds it roots in the biblical account of the seventh day of creation. The Sabbath is not about limits; but, it is a call to stop and focus attention on God, our source of life. In the midst of our busy schedules, the Sabbath reminds us of the blessings we enjoy daily from God.
Jesus reminded the Pharisees that "the sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath" (v27). We should not simply observe the Sabbath without bothering to reflect on its intent. We should ask questions about why we do things that we do in order to understand the fullness of life that Jesus preached.
The Judeo-Christian tradition has practiced this as a day of rest and worship. Source: The Catholic Faith & Family BIBLE