“Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do. I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.”

Do you hear Jesus calling you this morning?  I do.  He didn’t come to here to heal, to save those who are already perfect.  He came to earth to bring the sinner to salvation.  Funny, only two people who’ve ever walked this earth where without sin…Jesus and Mary.  Funny, the second one mentioned followed Christ and his teachings religiously…no pun intended.  Maybe that, in part, is what made Mary perfect.  We too are called to be perfect but how do we as sinners achieve that?  We must follow Christ in everything that we do…everything.

Are we blessed and have a great life?  Thanks be to God.  Did we have a stressful week at work and now have the weekend to relax and recharge?  Thanks be to God.  Are we sick?  Are we depressed?  Are we joyful?  There are hundreds of questions/moods we can have during our life, but in all that we do, whatever cross or burden or blessing we are called to carry we have God to guide, Jesus who joins us in that journey and the Holy Spirit to inspire us.  In all of these things, thanks be to God.

So how can I praise God; how can I thank God; how can there be a God when everything in my life is such a challenge?  I believe that is a great question but I am not the one with the wisdom to answer that.  Although it is not I who can answer, I believe you can find out the answers to your questions and that is through prayer.  Today’s first reading, which goes back to the time of Isaiah instructing God’s chosen people, instructs them on what they must do to stay holy.  I believe that this advice is just as important today as it was so many years ago and I also believe it will help in your communication with God and the challenges you/me/we must all confront.  That instruction?  We must – WE MUST – keep Holy the Sabbath…

Thus says the LORD:
If you remove from your midst oppression,
false accusation and malicious speech;
If you bestow your bread on the hungry
and satisfy the afflicted;
Then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
and the gloom shall become for you like midday;
Then the LORD will guide you always
and give you plenty even on the parched land.
He will renew your strength,
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring whose water never fails.
The ancient ruins shall be rebuilt for your sake,
and the foundations from ages past you shall raise up;
“Repairer of the breach,” they shall call you,
“Restorer of ruined homesteads.”

If you hold back your foot on the sabbath
from following your own pursuits on my holy day;
If you call the sabbath a delight,
and the LORD’s holy day honorable;
If you honor it by not following your ways,
seeking your own interests, or speaking with malice–
Then you shall delight in the LORD,
and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;
I will nourish you with the heritage of Jacob, your father,
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Then you shall delight in the LORD,
and I will make you ride on the heights of the earth;

We are instructed by God to work, honestly and hard, for 6 days of the week.  The 7th day, Sunday – our sabbath – we must give to God.  Go to Mass, receive Christ into your physical body in Communion, pray the prayers, listen to the readings, stay awake during the Homily, sing the songs – enjoy the time with your spiritual family.  Then go home and rest from the world.  Do some yard work, take a nap, have a nice meal with your family.  Keep HOLY that 7th day, give that day to the Lord and refresh yourself in His love.  I honestly believe if we take the time to give God completely that 7th day, the other 6 days of our lives will come more into focus.  We will be better people in this world; we will be stronger people to face all of life’s challenges; we will be on our way to being the PERFECT people we are called to be just as Jesus and His Mother Mary were perfect.

Do something great for our Lord today – work your tail end off today, it is only Saturday.  Come tomorrow, find yourself in Church – in God’s house – and start your Sunday off by making it Holy.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a regular at Church and haven’t sat in the pews for years – if you’re alive and on this beautiful earth – it is NEVER to late to Make Holy the Sabbath.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.

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