Monday, January 18, 2021

The Sunday Rest is one of God's best gift to man.

“The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.” (Mark 2: 27 - 28).

Tuesday 19th January 2021, in the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time.

The Sabbath in our key Scripture for today is the Day of the Lord or Sunday. With the Resurrection of Jesus on a Sunday, Sunday replaced the Sabbath as the day of Rest and Worship for the Church. What is God's intention for the Sunday Rest? God gave us the Sunday Rest for our spiritual, mental and physical rest. The Sunday Rest is therefore made for the benefit of mankind.

The third Commandment instructs us to keep holy the Sabbath Day (Lord’s Day/Sunday). This one day out of 7 days in the week, we must set aside to worship God, to get to know God through the Scriptures and to grow in spiritual maturity. As we do this, we grow in the truth that the Sunday Rest is indeed a rehearsal for the promised eternal rest. In eternity, there will be no work.

To correct the distortions by Pharisees on God's plan for the Sabbath, Jesus says that as Messiah, He has the authority to decide how the Sabbath should be observed.

Rejoice in God's generous provision of the Sunday Rest and use it to grow in spiritual and human maturity.

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