Resting on Sunday Does Not Mean Being Inactive

February 5, 2020

Some food for thought regarding our Sunday obligation:

Celebrating the Sunday Eucharist—though central and essential—does not complete our observance of Sunday. In addition to attending Mass each Sunday, we should also refrain “from those activities which impede the worship of God and disturb the joy proper to the day of the Lord or the necessary relaxation of mind and body.”

Resting on Sunday does not mean that we are inactive. To celebrate the Lord’s Day more fully, consider trying the following:

  • Don’t use Sunday as your catch-all day for errands and household chores.
  • Share a family dinner after Mass. Have the whole family join in the preparation and cleanup.
  • Go for a walk or bike ride and give thanks to God for the beauty of nature.
  • Spend time reading the Bible or a spiritual book.
  • Pray the Rosary or the Liturgy of the Hours, alone or with others.
  • Volunteer in a local food pantry.
  • Visit parishioners and others who are homebound.
  • Read Bible stories to your children.
  • Turn off your gadgets and enjoy the silence.

As we take time each week to celebrate the Paschal Mystery in the Eucharist and to rest from the burdens of our daily lives, we remind ourselves that we are made in the image and likeness of God who “rested on the seventh day from all the work he had undertaken.”

Source: USCCB (2010)

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