The third commandment of the Decalogue recalls the holiness of the Sabbath: "The seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the LORD.” Learn why Sunday is the true Holy Day now and what we must do and what we can not do on Holy Days.
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by Jose de Ribera (1638)
Matthew 12 is quite memorable and brings some important points to end. First, this passage is instrumental in showing God's glory and power with the line: “For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath,” which shows the unending reign of our Lord. But it also brings to mind the fact that many people do view Christ as the Lord of the Sabbath for only one hour and leave Him behind in the pews and on the altar, as they go home and live another week without God. We need God in every aspect of our life, and we can only find God through prayer; that is the way to know God. Prayer must be the cornerstone to daily living, (Phil. 4:13) where we praise God and thank Him before we ever utter a petition.
Because of our Lord’s act of redemption, Sunday is now fittingly honored as the Holy Day, the day unlike the other days. Ever mindful of this reality, let us also turn to the wisdom of St. John Vianney on the Sanctification of Sunday:
You labor, you labor, my children; but what you earn ruins your body and your soul. If one ask those who work on Sunday, "What have you been doing?" they might answer, "I have been selling my soul to the devil, crucifying Our Lord, and renouncing my Baptism. I am going to Hell; I shall have to weep for all eternity in vain. " When I see people driving carts on Sunday, I think I see them carrying their souls to Hell.
Oh, how mistaken in his calculations is he who labours hard on Sunday, thinking that he will earn more money or do more work! Can two or three shillings ever make up for the harm he does himself by violating the law of the good God? You imagine that everything depends on your working; but there comes an illness, an accident.... so little is required! a tempest, a hailstorm, a frost. The good God holds everything in His hand; He can avenge Himself when He will, and as He will; the means are not wanting to Him. Is He not always the strongest? Must not He be the master in the end?
There was once a woman who came to her priest to ask leave to get in her hay on Sunday. "But, " said the priest, "it is not necessary; your hay will run no risk. " The woman insisted, saying, "Then you want me to let my crop be lost?" She herself died that very evening; she was more in danger than her crop of hay. Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that which endureth unto life everlasting” [Jn. 6:27].
What will remain to you of your Sunday work? You leave the earth just as it is; when you go away, you carry nothing with you. Ah! when we are attac... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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