So there we have it!!
The introductory paragraph today says, “ARTICLE 3: THE THIRD COMMANDMENT…Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work. The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”
This points to the story of creation
God makes the heavens and the Earth and everything that is in them on days 1-6
On the seventh day, God rests
So we are invited to live like the Lord by working 6 days and resting on the 7th
We are invited to live and structure our lives around almost the very first description of God in Genesis Ch 1
Paragraph 2170 says, “Scripture also reveals in the Lord’s day a memorial of Israel’s liberation from bondage in Egypt: ‘You shall remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out thence with mighty hand and outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day.’”
The context for the Commandment is the Exodus
The Lord God brings His people, whom He loves, out of slavery
They were slaves for 400 years and now they are free
How many days off did a slave get?
Slaves did not get a day off for their entire lives
They had to work every single day
God has brought His Chosen People from slavery to freedom
Part of the first things He commands them is that they must rest from their labors
Think about how this is connected to the relationship of what God is doing in their lives
Think about how we resist resting on Sundays
The beginning of this Commandment is that you are no longer a slave
So why in the world do we buck against this Commandment to rest on the Sabbath Day?
Why in the world do we buck against God trying to make it so clear that we do not have to live like a slave?
We are free
Therefore, there is a day of rest
Paragraph 2172 says, “God’s action is the model for human action. If God ‘rested and was refreshed’ on the seventh day, man too ought to ‘rest’ and should let others, especially the poor, ‘be refreshed.’ The sabbath brings everyday work to a halt and provides a respite. It is a day of protest against the servitude of work and the worship of money.”
How many of us are willing to give our entire lives for wealth, power, status, and security?
The worship of money, power, influence, status, security, means you can’t take a day off
If I take a day off, my whole life, security, and status are at stake
What would that mean about status, security, wealth, and influence?
It might indicate that those things have become an IDOL in my life
The Third Commandment frees me from that idol
It means I have to actually kill that idol
It means I have to actually kill that part of my own heart that is unwilling to take a break and unwilling to resist the servitude of work and unwilling to resist the worship of money, status, or security
Every single one of us doesn’t take a break very well
We may worship the Lord without fail on Sunday Mass
We do not rest
What does this mean?
What are our idols?
“God, why do I not give myself permission to take a break?”
And the answer, of course, is that stuff needs to get done
If we give a whole day to not doing anything, then we become afraid that it won’t get done
Now the other 6 days will be busier because I didn’t rest on that 7th day
We are afraid of that
God is telling us to rest
Because we are not slaves
Are we going to sacrifice the mission because we are not willing to rest?
What is driving our inability or unwillingness to enter into the Lord’s rest?
THE DAY OF THE RESURRECTION: THE NEW CREATION
Paragraph 2174 says, “Jesus rose from the dead ‘on the first day of the week.’ Because it is the ‘first day,’ the day of Christ’s Resurrection recalls the first creation. Because it is the ‘eighth day’ following the sabbath, it symbolizes the new creation ushered in by Christ’s Resurrection. For Christians it has become the first of all days, the first of all feasts, the Lord’s Day (he kuriake hemera, dies dominica)-Sunday: We all gather on the day of the sun, for it is the first day [after the Jewish sabbath, but also the first day] when God, separating matter from darkness, made the world; and on this same day Jesus Christ our Savior rose from the dead.”
Ever since the very beginning of Christianity, those early Christians recognized that the Lord’s Day is now Sunday
It was transferred from that day of rest, the day of the Lord from Saturday to Sunday
There are some Christians who say the Sabbath is still on Saturday
THAT IS NOT ACCURATE!!
Not for Christians
SUNDAY-FULFILLMENT OF THE SABBATH
Paragraph 2175 says, “Sunday is expressly distinguished from the sabbath which it follows chronologically every week; for Christians its ceremonial observance replaces that of the sabbath. In Christ’s Passover, Sunday fulfills the spiritual truth of the Jewish sabbath and announces man’s eternal rest in God. For worship under the Law prepared for the mystery of Christ, and what was done there prefigured some aspects of Christ: Those who lived according to the old order of things have come to a new hope, no longer keeping the sabbath, but the Lord’s Day, in which our life is blessed by him and by his death.”
We do not hold on to Saturday as the sabbath because it has been fulfilled in Jesus
Paragraph 2176 says, “The celebration of Sunday observes the moral commandment inscribed by nature in the human heart to render to God an outward, visible, public, and regular worship ‘as a sign of his universal beneficence to all.’ Sunday worship fulfills the moral command of the Old Covenant, taking up its rhythm and spirit in the weekly celebration of the Creator and Redeemer of his people.”
We are all created to offer to God our best, our worst, our everything
OUTWARD- it has to be directed toward the Lord, not inward because it is not about how I feel
VISIBLE- there is something concrete and tangible about this
PUBLIC- it is not my own private worship that I am offering to God (if you go into the woods, you are actually going for a walk and maybe you are talking to God and that is not the same thing at all as worship)
REGULAR- I am not just going when I feel like it
We have to be willing to give the Lord the worship that He deserves that belongs to Him, in season and out, whether convenient or inconvenient
Regardless of how we are feeling or our circumstances
We have to be willing to have those kinds of hearts and lives that are willing to say at least once a week everything else fails in comparison to worship of God
At least once a week, everything else does not stand a chance and cannot hold a candle to the need that I have in my heart for God
A need that I have in my humanity
The need that there is in the universe to stop at least once a week and say that God has no rival
Whether we like this or don’t like this
Whether it is convenient or inconvenient
Whether it is in season or out of season
We must be there every Sunday
Fr. Mike is praying FOR YOU!!
Please pray for Fr. Mike and for each other!!
I cannot WAIT to see you down the road!!