What rest do I speak of? That quote is taken from today’s first reading – from the letter to the Hebrews…
Let us be on our guard
while the promise of entering into his rest remains,
that none of you seem to have failed.
For in fact we have received the Good News just as our ancestors did.
But the word that they heard did not profit them,
for they were not united in faith with those who listened.
For we who believed enter into that rest,
just as he has said:
As I swore in my wrath,
“They shall not enter into my rest,”
and yet his works were accomplished
at the foundation of the world.
For he has spoken somewhere about the seventh day in this manner,
And God rested on the seventh day from all his works;
and again, in the previously mentioned place,
They shall not enter into my rest.
Therefore, let us strive to enter into that rest,
so that no one may fall after the same example of disobedience.
God says what He means and means what He says. So when we receive a commandment from Him – Remember to ALWAYS keep holy the Sabbath – it takes a commitment from us to do just that. How to we keep His sabbath holy? First and foremost, we should attend Mass and give God the praise and thanks that He show richly deserves. Second – and just as importantly – we should take that day and rest, relax, enjoy the day with your family.
As our kids were growing up, we tried to teach them the importance of rest of Sunday — they of course translated that to Monday through Saturday too. I would make Saturday our clean the house day so Dad could get some rest on Sunday. Some of you might be familiar with the song we use (sparingly) during Lent – 40 Days and 40 Nights. If you’re familiar with that song, it is written in a minor key and has a very “dirge” like tempo to it. I took that song and put new lyrics to it for my kids to sing while working on Saturday’s…
Sunday is a day of rest, Saturday’s we clean the mess. If you gripe and grief give me, Sunday will be misery.
There were a few more verses about washing and drying the dishes, check the fridge for rot and mold, you get the idea. It was helpful in teaching them the importance of Saturday – maybe too helpful. If we are sitting around “enjoying” each others company on any given Sunday now, we will ask them to empty the trash in the kitchen and without fail, we will get the Sunday is a day of rest quote.
That is what I love about God. Knowing He is going to ask for your everything, He factored in some down time each week for you to recharge your batteries. I would suggest to you to take full advantage of that. I would also recommend that you start that day of rest in Church, once again committing to His commandment and offering Him a simple thank you for the day of rest you’re about to enjoy.
Do something great for our Lord today – shut it down on Sunday.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.
He must increase, I must decrease.