Mass Readings: 1 Samuel 16:1-13/Mark 2:23-28

Celebrating Sunday

As you know, Christians celebrate the Resurrection on every Sunday, a day chosen in the early Church because it was the day Jesus rose from the dead. We became a new creation through Christ’s rising and we’re asked to set aside each Sunday for our own re-creation. It’s to be a day of rest, free from the burdens of the other days of the week.

This isn’t some slavish demand by God. In fact today’s Gospel brings out that Jesus’ followers could pluck grain on the Sabbath, not adhering to the strict Jewish Sabbath law. But when I ask myself how do I actually celebrate Sunday, I draw a blank. Something is wrong that I can’t take a full day of rest. My plans for this year should include figuring out how to make my own Sabbath more rest-filled.

Prayer: Lord of the Sabbath, help me to celebrate Sunday as You want me to.