the third commandment
"Why are You doing what is prohibited on the sabbath?" —Luke 6:2
Keeping the sabbath is a sign to show that we want to be holy and that the Lord makes us holy (Ex 31:13). Keeping the sabbath is to be considered a perpetual covenant between us and the Lord (Ex 31:16). Therefore, the Mosaic law commanded that anyone who does not keep the sabbath "shall be put to death" and thereby "rooted out" of God's people (Ex 31:14).
Aware of this teaching in Exodus on keeping the sabbath, we can see why some Pharisees criticized Jesus' disciples for "picking a little corn" on the sabbath. We can also see how shocking and seemingly blasphemous was Jesus' claim to be "Lord even of the sabbath" (Lk 6:5).
Jesus, the Lord of the sabbath, has not abolished the law but fulfilled it (Mt 5:17). From the first century, the Church has maintained that Jesus changed the sabbath from the last day of the week to the first day (see Rv 1:10). We also believe that Jesus has made Sunday a day of resurrection in addition to a day of rest. Therefore, to be under the lordship of Jesus, we should not work or buy things on Sunday. Sunday is for proclaiming Jesus' resurrection through communal worship, Christian fellowship, Bible study, and prayer. Keep holy the Lord's day, tomorrow and perpetually.
Prayer: Father, may my Sunday worship not be football or entertainment, but rather true worship of You.
Promise: "Now Christ has achieved reconciliation for you in His mortal body by dying, so as to present you to God holy, free of reproach and blame." —Col 1:22
Praise: Kathleen dared to tell her brother his soul was endangered.
Reference: (For related teaching, order our leaflet, Keep Holy the Lord's Day.)
Rescript: †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 18, 2015
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