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Giving God His Due: Keeping the Sabbath Holy

August 23, 2017

Giving God His Due Do you have any idea WHY you must keep holy the Sabbath (Ex 20:8)? Do you view the “requirement” to go to Church on Sunday as just another chore that must be done over the weekend? Well, let me clear up a few things for you. Giving God His due, by attending services on Sunday is not something that God needs. You’re the one who needs it! God doesn’t need anything. So, the Commandment to “keep holy the Sabbath” is in place for your benefit. God created this Commandment for two reasons:

  1. God deserves at least one day per week where we honor, praise and thank Him for all that He blesses us with throughout the week. This is called giving God His due.
  2. He thinks we deserve a day of rest once per week.

Giving God His Due Should Be a Joy

So, rather than viewing the Sabbath as a “to do” that must be marked off on your list, think of it as an opportunity to spend some time with the one you love the most. Cherish the time you spend with God. Jesus Himself said, “The Sabbath was made for man, not the man for the Sabbath” (Mark 2:27). God gives us the Sabbath as a gift. The question is, how do we use this gift? Do we use the time spent in Church to become spiritually replenished by feasting on the Word and the Eucharist? Or do we sit there, with our minds elsewhere, missing out on what matters most?

How do we spend the remainder of our Sabbath? Are we resting, or doing everything but resting? Do we use the time to allow our minds and bodies to recharge? Or are we working, even on a day off? How we spend the remainder of the Sabbath is also important. For example, if you go shopping at the mall on the Sabbath, then you are encouraging retail stores to remain open on the Sabbath. For that to happen, retail store employees must then work on the Sabbath. Work should be kept to a minimum (emergency services).

How you spend this day, in giving God His due, is indicative of how well you “keep holy the Sabbath.”

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4 Responses to Giving God His Due: Keeping the Sabbath Holy

  • I think Jesus even one upped that Commandment to keep every day holy, God explains the rest of faith in Hebrews 4, the Sabbath Rest. He is our real joy,

  • IMO, giving _one_ day (not necessarily) Sunday (the Sabbath) is the command. A day spent being part of the Church community, is the command.

    • Hi Walter: Many times I will go to Saturday night’s vigil Mass, but I still reserve Sunday for the Lord, with time for prayer and rest. As a Catholic, I am obliged to give God His due on Sunday; the day of the Resurrection, the day of Pentecost. The actual wording of the Third Commandment is “Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day” (Ex 20:8). So, yes it is Sunday, as our Sabbath, as Christians, that we must keep holy. – Peace, Ginny

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