04-01-2018 The Third Commandment:Love the Lord's Day

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
April 1, 2018 - Easter Sunday - The Resurrection of the Lord
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
What days are most important for you—birthdays, anniversaries, planned trips, holidays, or weekends? What about Sundays—The Lord’s Day?

The Third Commandment calls us to: “Take care to keep holy the sabbath day as the Lord, your God, commanded you. Six days you may labor and do all your works; but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord” (Dt 5:12-14).

The Sabbath is the seventh day on which the Lord rested after the previous six days of creation. It is a time for us to renew our covenant with God. The Jewish people celebrated the Sabbath from sunset on Friday evening to sunset on Saturday evening. Christians transferred the observance of the Sabbath to Sunday, the day of Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

If we never stopped working or engaging in constant activity, when would we ever find time to contemplate and worship our God, and nourish relationships of love with God, our family, and others. As Jesus taught, the Sabbath was made for people, and not people for the Sabbath (Mk 2:27).

The Church celebrates the Easter mystery every seven days, most especially on Sundays. This tradition goes back to the days of the Apostles, in response to Jesus’ call to “Do this in memory of me” (Lk 22:19). Sunday extends the celebration of Easter throughout the year. It makes present the new creation brought about through Jesus Christ and the Spirit. “Sunday is to be observed as the foremost holy day of obligation of the universal Church…. On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass” (CCC, no. 2192). It is a precept of the Church.

For Christians, Sunday is the first day of the week, but it is also called the “eighth day”—a day signifying eternity and our anticipation of our eternal rest with God. The heart of Sunday is the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. We are called to be present and to actively participate in this celebration, in communion with others, in offering our lives as a sacrifice with Jesus, and in our worship, adoration, and love for God.

While Sunday is a time for worship, it is also a time for rest and relaxation. Although some people are required to work or to engage in other necessary activities on Sundays, everyone should take care to set aside sufficient time to attend Mass, to allow time to rest and relax, and to spend time with one another in meals, conversation, and activities that deepen family life and our relationships with our friends. By doing this, we can also witness to others the importance of the Lord’s Day.

*U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 27.
 Reflect on Your Experience
What do you usually do during Sunday?

What can you do to allow the Sunday Mass and the
Lord’s Day to enrich your life, your relationships,
and the rest of your week?
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults   Catecismo Catolico de Los Estadios Unidos para los Adultos  
"The Third Commandment" (Fr. Dan O'Reilly)

Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms - Keeping the Lord's Day Holy" (EWTN)

"We Have Every Reason to Believe in the Resurrection" (Fr. Dan O'Reilly)

"The Resurrection of Jesus" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Why Did Jesus Have to Die the Way he Did?" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"Keep the Lord's Day" - CCC 2168-2195 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)
"Jesus Christ is Risen Today"

"Amazing Grace"

"Were You There When they Crucified My Lord"

"Jesus Remember Me"

"Behold the Wood of the Cross"
Rites, Symbols, & Practices
"The Meaning of Easter" (Bishop Robert Barron - Video)

"Everything You Need to Know About the Sacred Triduum"

Stations of the Cross (YouTube - Dominican Sisters of Peace)

Stations of the Cross (Catholic Relief Services)

"Holy Week - The Sacred Triduum" (Creighton University)
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