Sunday: The Lord’s Day or Your Day?

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We’re a very busy family.  Too busy.  My weekdays are packed with work, chores, phone calls, emails, projects, diaper changes, feedings, cleaning, play time, programming, Flocknote, walking the dog, chasing the cat, paying the bills, and making lists of the things I’ve yet to do but will never get to.  Weeknights are more of the same.  On a rare occasion we find the time for a meal, a bit of sleep, perhaps some exercise and nowhere near enough prayer.  Saturday, if we’re not out of town, maybe I’ll get just enough yard work done to keep the HOA away for another week.

Ok, maybe it’s not quite that bad all the time – but it is far too close to that.  Either way, come Sunday, assuming I have no work deadlines to make, I’m ready to relax.  I finally get some time for me.  I can hit up Mass, watch some Football, maybe play some golf, go out to lunch, catch a movie and otherwise do whatever I want to do.  After all – after a long hard week, I deserve it, right?

Recently I’ve been reassessing.  Is this what God meant by keeping holy the Sabbath?  Something he thought important enough to make one of the ten commandments?

Not that those things I mentioned doing on Sunday are necessarily unholy, but aside from Mass, am I doing them in the right spirit?  Am I truly giving that day to the Lord?  Or am I taking it for myself?

We spend so much time working and packing our weeks full of activity, that when we finally get to the day we aren’t supposed to work – Sunday – we have a little trouble giving it up.  Yet that is precisely what we’re commanded to do.

It seems I’m quite comfortable using Sunday as an excuse not to do the things I don’t want to do.  But it often stops there.  Do you ever get the same feeling?  Is Sunday the Lord’s Day or Your day?

What are some ways we can better celebrate Sunday as the Lord’s Day?

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Jeremy December 7, 2009 at 2:36 pm

We’ve turned Sunday’s into friends and family days. For example yesterday, we started out with Faith Formation for our child making her first communion, then attended a Latin Mass, followed by a parish potluck with 2 talks by our priest about apologetics and catechism. After that we usually end up at a friend’s house for games, food and a rosary. We usually discuss past homily’s, books we’ve read, etc. and have a wonderful day. Thanks be to God.

Patricia December 8, 2009 at 12:55 am

Sometimes I really miss my Steubie U Sundays sometimes! We would go to Mass and just invite home anyone and everyone for Sunday brunch. Then we would have impromptu praise and worship for an hour or so. Good times, and good point in your article. =)

Psychdoc September 20, 2010 at 1:05 pm

We thank God every Sunday morning for His day of rest. We ask Him to bless the day for us and for us to appreciate the fact that He rested after He said that everything was good. So we look back on our week together and talk about what was good about it and what we could have done better.

We do not shop, or clean, or do laundry or anything that looks like work. I will cook sometime, but try to keep it simple. It’s a day for getting in touch with family members and truly resting. In the evening, we pray the rosary before bed.

I guess the main thing about being “sabbathical” is attitude.

Marc Cardaronella September 20, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I think the Sabbath should be a time to focus on God, relationships and family. Sunday really should be a day for Bible study and reflection. Did you know you can get a partial indulgence for doing a Bible study on Sunday? That says a lot I think.

Leah March 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Sunday should be a day wen you start Catechism after mass for the kids, and the parents. The more you know about God, the better.

Jim September 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I typically spend the day with Fellowship with some Traditional Latin Mass goers. I typically tell my parents that they should just relax and enjoy the day in spite of the rush and hub bub of life, especially when Fall and Spring are out and about because one can really enjoy the temperate time of the year doing a variety of things.

Either way, Sunday is a day dedicated to doing nothing utilitarian whatsoever, or to state that in the positive, it is a day dedicated [for me at least] doing things for their own sake, rather doing things that are to be a means to an end.

Jacqueline January 3, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I understand what you are getting at… and I completely agree, sometimes it seems that it isn’t even Sabbath. However, I do believe Sabbath is the seventh day as it’s expressed in the Bible.

Clayton January 19, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Sunday Mass is truly the highlight of my week! The only appropriate analogy or comparison would probably be the Scriptural account of the
transfiguration. I only hope that my desire might rub off to some degree
onto others.

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