So there we have it!!
THE LORD’S DAY
Think about seasons in general
How they are the same but they are always different
Fr. Mike lives way up in Northern Minnesota and they have 4 seasons even if winter lasts forever 😉
There is a difference between the four seasons
They are the same…
You know this when it comes to the academic year in school
It is always the same yet it is always different
It is a way to mark the passage of time
It is cyclical
Here comes the new school year again, the same as it was last time
It is always something different
That is true when it comes to LITURGICAL SEASONS as well
The Church has baked into the year not only every week and every Sunday we celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection in the Lord’s Day
Every year, once, we celebrate Easter Sunday
We have seasons like Lent that lead into Easter and the Easter Season
Then we have Ordinary Time
We have the Season of Advent that leads into the Christmas Season
All of these things are cyclical
What do they do?
They open up the riches of the Lord’s powers and merits
We are re-presented with what God has done every time we encounter the Liturgy and Sacraments
In addition to that, we get to COMMEMORATE the astonishing acts of our Saving God
We get to PAUSE AND GIVE THANKS
How often do we forget to give thanks?
The sun came up today and that’s just what happens in a new day
As opposed to being reminded to stop and thank God for TODAY
Have we thanked God today for what He has done?
Not just in giving us Creation?
But in giving us Salvation?
The Church pauses in LITURGICAL SEASONS and it is a moment to give thanks
Another thing is to PERPETUATE THEIR REMEMBRANCE
Let’s go back to this and re-present what God has done to a NEW GENERATION
That’s a whole other (NOT WHOLE NOTHER!! 🤪) thing
To teach NEW GENERATIONS to conform their conduct to the Lord and what He has done
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US!!
BECAUSE WE NEED TO BE REMINDED!!
We talked about this in Bible in a Year
We are people who FORGET
Our brains are incredible but they have holes in them
We can hear things a dozen times but we still need to be reminded of it
God can do so many INCREDIBLE THINGS in our lives and a week later we forget and wonder what God has done for us TODAY
Paragraph 1165 says, “When the Church celebrates the mystery of Christ, there is a word that marks her prayer: ‘Today!’-a word echoing the prayer her Lord taught her and the call of the Holy Spirit. This ‘today’ of the living God which man is called to enter is ‘the hour’ of Jesus’ Passover, which reaches across and underlies all history…”
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT FOR US!!
How many times do we live in the past or in the future?
We either LONG for the past
We live in SORROW over the past
We either look back fondly and long for the GLORY DAYS (Like Bruce Springsteen!!! Bruce Springsteen - Glory Days (Official Video) 😁)
Or we look back with a sad heart
We are still TRAPPED in the past wanting to re-live it or with regret
We are looking to the future with anticipation or with dread
We could be looking forward to the thing coming up in the future or we could dread it
What has God given us?
We can’t go back and change the past
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE!!
Bill and Ted were working on it…(So were Doc Brown and Marty McFly!!! 😁😁)
We can’t go into the future
All we are given to work with is NOW
All we are given is TODAY
The Liturgical Seasons remind us of that
There may be a feast day coming up but what do we do with TODAY?
There is something on its way, something challenging, or something to look forward today
BUT WHAT DO WE DO WITH TODAY?
Even when it comes to our SINS
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US!!
We can look back and long for the glory days etc.
We can also look back and wish that things were different
We can also look back and wish we hadn’t done something or something had happened to us
We can look back and be trapped
This is all real
If you SURRENDER YOUR PAST TO THE LORD…
We can’t do anything about the past
It is impossible to go back and change anything
We can say, “Ok, God. I give you access to my past. You get to be the Lord even of my history. You get to have dominion over what I can’t even control. I can’t even do anything other than remember. You have dominion over my past.”
We can only give God dominion over our past or future TODAY
THAT IS WHY TODAY IS SO CRITICAL!!
THE LORD’S DAY
Why do we as Catholic Christians celebrate the Lord’s Day on Sunday instead of Saturday?
There are people who are critical of Christianity who will say that our Sunday comes from a pagan tradition
The day of the sun
Like a Roman tradition or something
St. Jerome even said that it was neat that the pagans called it the day of the sun
St. Jerome says in Paragraph 1166, “If the pagans call it the ‘day of the sun,’ we willingly agree, for today the light of the world is raised, today is revealed the sun of justice with healing in his rays.”
It’s not as if the early Christians did not realize that there were some pagan holidays or pagan names for days that kind of coincided with what Christians started calling them or doing on those days
OF COURSE THEY ALL KNEW THIS!!
IT IS FITTING!!
Why do we celebrate the Lord’s day on Sunday?
BECAUSE THAT IS THE DAY THE LORD ROSE FROM THE DEAD!!
He had His SABBATH REST, that sleep of death, on that Saturday 🤯 🤯 🤯
HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD ON THAT SUNDAY!!
That is the day that ALL CHRISTIANS look to and celebrate
Not only has the Lord God conquered death
HE HAS ALSO GIVEN US LIFE!!
We have the ability to live without fear
NOT in the past
NOT in the future
THE ABILITY TO LIVE WITHOUT FEAR TODAY BECAUSE OF WHAT JESUS CHRIST HAS DONE ON SUNDAY!!
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT to see you tomorrow!!