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When we celebrate the Sabbath, we follow God’s example

Background Music: Panalangin
    Written by: Mark Anthony Cuevas
    Voiced by: Shirly Benedictos

July  21, Friday of the 15th week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: Exodus 11:10-12. 14, Ps 116:12-13, 15 and 16bc, 17-18, Matthew 12: 1-8

It’s not a coincidence that Jesus’ counsel on resting in him is followed by his instruction on the Sabbath. In many places, even places where Christians form much of the population, fewer people are keeping the Sabbath holy. Back then, stores and offices open on Sundays were rare sights, typically limited to the most essential services. Now it seems that every day is equally busy with time for worshipping the Lord becoming just one more item on an ever-growing to-do list, with family and relaxation time not on the list at all.

When we celebrate Sabbath, we follow God’s example. As he rested from the work of creation, God calls us to take time each week for rest, reflection and worship. Today is a good time to look at your schedule to see how well you are following God’s commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day. Personal circumstances may prevent you from doing no work all day, but other changes may be possible. Can you make Sunday Mass the linchpin of your week? Can you set aside time for a family rosary – even just one decade? Can you have a special family meal, prepared and shared together?


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