The Sabbath Belongs to God…
On Sunday, our day of rest, we must realize that the Sabbath belongs to God:
Now if Joshua had given them rest, he would not have spoken afterwards of another day. Therefore, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God. And whoever enters into God’s rest, rests from his own works as God did from his. Therefore, let us strive to enter into that rest, so that no one may fall after the same example of disobedience. -Hebrews 4:8-11, NAB
We often think of Sunday as our day to rest, but it is actually our day to enter into God’s rest. Therefore, our first priority of that day should be giving our time back to the One who gave it to us in the first place.
In this verse from Hebrews, the author is again speaking of the Israelites finding rest when they reached the promised land. Prior to entering the promised land, Moses died, and it was Joshua who then led the Israelites, after 40 long years, into their new homeland.
The author’s point, then, is that Joshua led them into the promised land, but he is not the one who gave it to them. He is not the one who brought them rest after their many years of wandering. It was God that gave them both the promised land and the rest they needed.
Each and every day is a gift from God, and He asks us to give one day back to Him. He wants us to devote one day to His rest, and that includes attending Mass. Not some of the time. Not most of the time. ALL of the time. Every Sunday should be devoted to God – nothing else.
The Sabbath belongs to God, and we are commanded to honor it. Can you find it in your schedule to give God just one day a week (but hopefully more)?