Wednesday, January 17, 2007

"Keep holy the sabbath"

This Friday (1/19): Adoration, 7-8 pm, SAA Church. Young adults are invited to join us for Adoration, and then meet in the Gathering Space. We'll go out for dinner afterwards.
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Anon wrote, "Jesus never talked about all this obligation stuff. He said that the Sabbath was for man and not man for the Sabbath." Thanks, Anon, and you're right that Jesus probably never used the word obligation. But, are you suggesting that Christ was abolishing the Jewish law, and Third Commandment, to "keep holy the Sabbath"? This is what the Pharisees accused him of. "Jesus never fails to respect the holiness of this day" (CCC, #2173). In the passage to which you refer (Mk 2:27-28), "Christ declares the sabbath for doing good rather than harm, for saving life rather than killing" (#2173). The question raised in Mk 2:27-28 is specifically about doing works on the Sabbath, and not about gathering at the Temple (or Church, now). Doing the latter was never in question.

In his apotolic letter Dies Domini (1998), Pope John Paul II wrote about "the day of the Lord". Here are some excerpts; to view the full text, please click on the title of this post:

"'Sunday is the day of the Resurrection, it is the day of Christians, it is our day' (St Jerome). For Christians, Sunday is 'the fundamental feastday', established not only to mark the succession of time but to reveal time's deeper meaning. The fundamental importance of Sunday has been recognized through two thousand years of history and was emphatically restated by the Second Vatican Council: 'Every seven days, the Church celebrates the Easter mystery. This is a tradition going back to the Apostles, taking its origin from the actual day of Christ's Resurrection — a day thus appropriately designated "the Lord's Day".'...

All human life, and therefore all human time, must become praise of the Creator and thanksgiving to him. But man's relationship with God also demands times of explicit prayer, in which the relationship becomes an intense dialogue, involving every dimension of the person. "The Lord's Day" is the day of this relationship par excellence when men and women raise their song to God and become the voice of all creation. This is precisely why it is also the day of rest. Speaking vividly as it does of "renewal" and "detachment", the interruption of the often oppressive rhythm of work expresses the dependence of man and the cosmos upon God. Everything belongs to God!

The connection between Sabbath rest and the theme of "remembering" God's wonders is found also in the Book of Deuteronomy (5:12-15), where the precept is grounded less in the work of creation than in the work of liberation accomplished by God in the Exodus: "You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with mighty hand and outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day" (Dt 5:15).

Because the Third Commandment depends upon the remembrance of God's saving works and because Christians saw the definitive time inaugurated by Christ as a new beginning, they made the first day after the Sabbath a festive day, for that was the day on which the Lord rose from the dead...

Since the Eucharist is the very heart of Sunday, it is clear why, from the earliest centuries, the Pastors of the Church have not ceased to remind the faithful of the need to take part in the liturgical assembly. 'Leave everything on the Lord's Day', urges the third century text known as the Didascalia, 'and run diligently to your assembly, because it is your praise of God. Otherwise, what excuse will they make to God, those who do not come together on the Lord's Day to hear the word of life and feed on the divine nourishment which lasts forever?'.

In his first Apology addressed to the Emperor Antoninus and the Senate, Saint Justin proudly described the Christian practice of the Sunday assembly, which gathered in one place Christians from both the city and the countryside. When, during the persecution of Diocletian, their assemblies were banned with the greatest severity, many were courageous enough to defy the imperial decree and accepted death rather than miss the Sunday Eucharist...

Sharing in the Eucharist is the heart of Sunday, but the duty to keep Sunday holy cannot be reduced to this. In fact, the Lord's Day is lived well if it is marked from beginning to end by grateful and active remembrance of God's saving work. This commits each of Christ's disciples to shape the other moments of the day — those outside the liturgical context: family life, social relationships, moments of relaxation — in such a way that the peace and joy of the Risen Lord will emerge in the ordinary events of life...

This aspect of the Christian Sunday shows in a special way how it is the fulfilment of the Old Testament Sabbath. On the Lord's Day, which — as we have already said — the Old Testament links to the work of creation (cf. Gn 2:1-3; Ex 20:8-11) and the Exodus (cf. Dt 5:12-15), the Christian is called to proclaim the new creation and the new covenant brought about in the Paschal Mystery of Christ..."

10 Comments:

At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Young adults only? Let me know when old adults are invited. jk!

 
At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This question relates to a prior discussion about the work of the devil in our lives. I know that overcoming the devil's power for humans can be a huge, lifelong challenge. But surely God has the power to beat him. There are people who are kept down by the kinds of things you have referred to before -- alcoholism and other addictions, mental illness, horrible outlooks -- things that keep them away from God and that they just can't rise above on their own. If it's the work of the devil, isn't God's help needed to win?

 
At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe God feels we have the strength within us to bring forth and overcome the devil's constant wanting to keep us from the sacraments and all that is good for us. All we really need to do is have the confidence to do it.

 
At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was talking to someone about how there is a female Bishop in their Episcopal church and they told me they were very excited about it. The bishop is married and is an oceanologist. They told me that nowhere in the Bible is it written that women can't be priests or bishops. I know you wrote about this last year but could you briefly comment on this so I can get back to her armed with scripture.

Thanks.

 
At 5:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Recommended: As one priest’s father told him when he was young, “when it’s time for a haircut, it’s time for Confession”

Thank god I only cut my hair once a year! :0)

 
At 5:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also meant Holy days of obligation eg "All Saints Day" Jesus never talked about Holy Days of Obligation.

 
At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Marion (Mael Muire) said...

anonymous (1:22 PM) wrote: "I know that overcoming the devil's power for humans can be a huge, lifelong challenge. But surely God has the power to beat him. There are people who are kept down by . . . alcoholism and other addictions, mental illness, horrible outlooks -- things that keep them away from God and that they just can't rise above on their own. If it's the work of the devil, isn't God's help needed to win?"

Dear Anonymous (1:22 PM), Saint Paul tell us that nothing but sin - which is the principal work of the devil - can actually keep us away from God. "Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39)

Even though we may suffer illness and other misfortunes of all kinds, if we are free from voluntary sin, we are with God. We are free from serious sin if we have made a good confession and received absolution and are resolved with the help of God's grace, never to commit sin again.

Being free from serious sin and with God doesn't mean everything else in our lives is instantly well-ordered and well-functioning. But that state is the key starting place from which we may then go on and, again with God's help, acquire better habits, healthier mental outlooks, the grace to overcome addictions, and so forth.

I have found that once I am willing to give God a heart that is fully turned away from all sin, He can and does perform MIRACLES in our lives!

 
At 10:58 PM, Anonymous Kelly said...

I have found that once I am willing to give God a heart that is fully turned away from all sin, He can and does perform MIRACLES in our lives!

9:20 AM
Marion,

Thank you for yet another true and inspiring post.

 
At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Kelly said...

"Recommended: As one priest’s father told him when he was young, “when it’s time for a haircut, it’s time for Confession”

Thank god I only cut my hair once a year! :0)

5:14 PM

Thanks for the idea. This mom's recommendation to teenage daughter: "when it's time to dye your hair another color, it's time for confession." She changed hair color last year - too many times to count. :)

 
At 12:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too funny!


You are an understanding mom who lets her daughter color her hair interesting colors-. The most radical I have ever colored my hair is brown -My hair is naturally black. How about yourself? Pink or electric blue hair in your life?


Since I missed a few Mass weeks I guess I will be cutting my hair!



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