Sunday: Day of the Lord

July 28, 2021

Sunday: Day of the Lord
 
It was on the 7th day that God rested and so too should we. But this rest isn’t simply for its own sake: God rested on the 7th day to reflect upon what had been created and to affirm its goodness. Sunday is our opportunity to reflect upon our past week, our successes and failures at discipleship, and to bring our life to the altar of God at Mass.

Sunday: Day of the Lord

July 26, 2021

Sunday Funday
 
In a 1998 apostolic letter to the Church, Dies Domini (“The Day of the Lord”), Pope St. John Paul II offers a few ways to understand how Christians should approach Sunday. “Sunday is the day of joy and the day of rest precisely because it is ‘the Lord’s Day’, the day of the Risen Lord.” (82). The popular cultural expression “Sunday Funday” is only truly possible because our joy and rest (and truly our “fun”) derive from our life in Jesus Christ.

Sunday: Day of the Lord

July 24, 2021

Sunday: The First of Days

From the days of the apostles, the Christian community has set Sunday apart from the other days. At first, it was the day of worship on which the first Christians gathered for the “breaking of the bread”. Over time it also became the official day of rest in civic life. This yoking of worship and rest has shaped the rhythm of the week for much of Western civilization to this day.

Sunday: Day of the Lord

July 22, 2021

“Since Sunday is the weekly Easter, recalling and making present the day upon which Christ rose from the dead, it is also the day which reveals the meaning of time. It has nothing in common with the cosmic cycles according to which natural religion and human culture tend to impose a structure on time, succumbing perhaps to the myth of eternal return. The Christian Sunday is wholly other!” – Pope St. John Paul II

Sunday: Day of the Lord

July 20, 2021

“Therefore, if we wish to rediscover the full meaning of Sunday, we must rediscover this aspect of the life of faith. Certainly, Christian joy must mark the whole life, and not just one day of the week. But in virtue of its significance as the day of the Risen Lord, celebrating God’s word of creation and “new creation”, Sunday is the day of joy in a very special way, indeed the day most suitable for learning how to rejoice and to rediscover the true nature and deep roots of joy.” – -Pope St. John Paul II

Sunday: Day of the Lord

July 16, 2021

At Sunday Mass, Christians relive with particular intensity the experience of the Apostles on the evening of Easter when the Risen Lord appeared to them as they were gathered together. – Pope St. John Paul II

Sunday: Day of the Lord

July 14, 2021

In the first place, therefore, Sunday is the day of rest because it is the day “blessed” by God and “made holy” by him, set apart from the other days to be, among all of them, “the Lord’s Day’. – Pope St. John Paul II

Sunday: Day of the Lord

July 10, 2021

“Rest opens our eyes to the larger picture and gives us renewed sensitivity to the rights of others. And so the day of rest, centered on the Eucharist, sheds its light on the whole week, and motivates us to greater concern for nature and the poor.” – Pope Francis