Matthew 12: 1-8.
Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time.
I will organize this coming Sunday to be a day of worship and rest. I will try to do good to someone this Sunday, and I will help someone come back to Sunday Mass attendance.
Matthew 12: 1-8
Almighty and ever-living God, I seek new strength from the courage of Christ our
shepherd. I believe in you, I hope in you, and I seek to love you with all my heart, all my soul,
all my mind, and all my strength. I want to be led one day to join the saints in heaven, where your
Son Jesus Christ lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and
Help me to make every Sunday a special day for me and my
1. Fasting on Sunday?
It was the Sabbath, a day of rest. The disciples had
had a difficult and busy week, and they were hungry. Jesus allowed them to look for food in the
fields. This could have discouraged them, not having a meal waiting for them. But they were
accustomed to hardship. They were busy and had much to do. There was little free time. Christ was
busy on weekends; his mission didn't stop. The disciples were united with Jesus, participating in
his mission. This made all their sacrifices worthwhile and easier to cope with. When we trust in and
unite ourselves with Christ, we can be patient and at peace in the midst of trials.
The Sabbath was established in order for the Jewish people to remember and
reflect on their special covenant relationship with God. He had delivered them from slavery and
given them rest. The Pharisees, however, focused on "what you can't do" and failed to see "what you
should do." On Sundays, we should focus more on what we should do in order to worthily receive
Christ. Then secondary things will not distract us from what is essential. God has a special
relationship with us. He has delivered us from slavery. He continues to love us and asks that we
love him and others with all our heart. On Sundays, do I recall my covenant relationship with Our
Lord? Am I mindful and grateful for all the good things he has done and continues to do for me? Does
God take first place for me on Sundays?
3. Sunday Service:
Christ instructed his
disciples about his mission. They grew to understand, appreciate and live it. He taught them to
participate at the Sabbath service with fervor, but also to be open to any needs others might have,
even on the Sabbath. It is lawful to do good any day of the week, especially the Lord's Day. Christ
cured the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath, fed his disciples on the Sabbath, and cured
another woman with a bent back on the Sabbath. Charity will inspire us to do good to others even on
a Sunday. "Sunday service" and "Service-on-Sunday" go together. Do I ever dedicate my Sundays, or
part of them, to bring rest to those who are most in need? What can I do to help the poor and
marginalized on that day? How can I instill this spirit of service in my
Conversation with Christ:
You long to share your Word and Body with me at
Sunday Mass and at every Mass I can attend during the week. May I always have a hunger for this
encounter with your love and friendship. May I serve others with the same charity and love as you
serve me. May Sunday be the most important day of the week for me and my
I will organize this coming Sunday to be a day of worship and
rest. I will try to do good to someone this Sunday, and I will help someone come back to Sunday Mass