Saturday, March 4
Anne O’Neill
Class of 2017


Keeping the Sabbath Holy


“If you refrain from trampling the Sabbath, from following your own pursuits on my holy day; If you call the Sabbath a delight, the LORD’s holy day glorious; If you glorify it by not following your ways, seeking your own interests, or pursuing your own affairs— Then you shall delight in the LORD.” - Isaiah 58:13-14


God commanded us to keep holy the Sabbath. What does this mean? We are not Israelites who first received this message; we are not Jews whose Sabbath is Saturday. What does it mean for a Catholic to keep the Sabbath holy? Today the command is generally interpreted as a call to go to Mass on Sundays for Catholics. However, the command is more complex. The call to attend Mass on all Sundays and holy days of   obligation can be found in the precepts of the Church, which is not the entirety of the commandment. Isaiah gives a reminder that the Sabbath is not just about Mass. Mass did not exist until long after the commandment was given. The Sabbath is an entire day for God, not an hour and some change. We are called to glorify the Sabbath by focusing on God and not on our own desires. As citizens in the twenty-first century, what we do does not always allow us to spend the entire day devoted solely to God. We have athletic events, school events, work events. These things just pile on, but this does not excuse us trampling on the Sabbath. While we may be busy with other things, we should still remember that it is the Lord’s Day. We want to order our lives for God through our words and actions; we do this by keeping holy the Sabbath. Holy means that we should be aware that it is a day to glorify the Lord at all times, and not just during Mass. Through this, we shall delight in the Lord our God.


Dear God, thank You so much for the gift of the Sabbath. In this Lenten season, please let us remember that the Sabbath is a day for glorifying You and not just our own selfish desires. Please help us to keep this knowledge before us for the rest of our lives. Amen.


Is 58: 9b-14        Ps 86: 1-2. 3-4. 5-6          Lk 5: 27-32