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October 29, 2021

Daily Reflection for Friday, October 29  2021

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are
First Reading: Romans 9:1-5
Responsorial: Psalm 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20
Gospel: Luke 14:1-6

Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
And on the seventh day, God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So, God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. Genesis 2:2-3

Growing up, observing Sunday as the sabbath was almost universal. By law, most stores were closed and most workers had Sunday off. Malls did not exist to entice us to spend our time focused on materialism. Sunday started with Sunday Mass. Somehow all ten of us, Mom, Dad, my six sisters, my brother, and I, would pack into a Chevy station wagon for Mass at Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church. Masses were longer then than they are now, and the rest of our sabbath Sunday was spent in family time together. My mom was the only one exempt from not working as our Sunday dinner was usually a banquet with a roast, biscuits, vegetables, a casserole, and dessert. Everything was homemade. While my mom was cooking, we would drive to my uncle Bill’s to pick up Grandma so she could have dinner with us.

Fast forward to a few years ago when I was discussing my work schedule with a wise person, and he asked a simple question, "When is your Sabbath?" I had assumed that serving at Mass and bringing Communion to people in the hospital was my sabbath. But being busy is not resting, and that question forced me to rethink what the sabbath means. I think it is a valid question for all of us to contemplate: when is our sabbath?

Today’s Gospel is set at a dinner in one of the leading Pharisee’s homes. Dinner would indeed have been a feast. In what seems to be a setup, a man suffering from dropsy is presented to Jesus. Luke notes that “the people there were observing him carefully.” This is not the first or last time that they would test Jesus. In other encounters, Jesus retorted, “But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.” (Matthew 12:7-8)

Jesus showed mercy to the man suffering from dropsy by healing him. We practice Sabbath by turning from our worldly troubles to rest in the Lord. For the man cured from dropsy, his encounter with the Lord was the best Sabbath ever.

When is our sabbath? Jesus is our Sabbath. Let us rest in His mercy.

Love and Blessings,
Deacon John McShea


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