Scripture: On the first day of the week we met for the breaking of bread. Paul was due to leave the next day, and he preached a sermon (Acts 20,7)
Focus: Sunday is the day of the Lord. It is a blessing that we can have a day without the obligation of work, we can relax, and first of all we can celebrate God in the Eucharist as the source of our life. Sunday gives us the opportunity to stop a bit, to reflect, to be with our beloved ones, to help the poor. Make a difference during your week, discover the culture of Sunday.
Prayer for the grace of the day: Lord give me the grace that this Sunday be really a feast, thanksgiving and relaxing in You.
Read the thoughts of Pope Francis about the culture of Sunday - try to live it.
Prepare yourself for the Eucharist:
interiorly: read and meditate the gospel of the Eucharist
exteriorly: take your elegant dress
Go to mass
Reading: Pope Francis, Laudatos Si 237
On Sunday, our participation in the Eucharist has special importance. Sunday, like the Jewish Sabbath, is meant to be a day which heals our relationships with God, with ourselves, with others and with the world. Sunday is the day of the Resurrection, the “first day” of the new creation, whose first fruits are the Lord’s risen humanity, the pledge of the final transfiguration of all created reality. It also proclaims “man’s eternal rest in God”. In this way, Christian spirituality incorporates the value of relaxation and festivity. We tend to demean contemplative rest as something unproductive and unnecessary, but this is to do away with the very thing which is most important about work: its meaning. We are called to include in our work a dimension of receptivity and gratuity, which is quite different from mere inactivity. Rather, it is another way of working, which forms part of our very essence. It protects human action from becoming empty activism; it also prevents that unfettered greed and sense of isolation which make us seek personal gain to the detriment of all else. The law of weekly rest forbade work on the seventh day, “so that your ox and your donkey may have rest, and the son of your maidservant, and the stranger, may be refreshed” (Ex 23:12). Rest opens our eyes to the larger picture and gives us renewed sensitivity to the rights of others. And so the day of rest, centred on the Eucharist, sheds it light on the whole week, and motivates us to greater concern for nature and the poor.
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