"Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy will." ~ Luke 1:38

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Son Day

Ephphatha!  Be opened!

Thus says the Lord;
Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
with divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, 
the ears of the deaf be cleared; 
then will the lame leap like a stag, 
then the tongue of the mute will sing.
Streams will burst forth in the desert,
and rivers in the steppe.
The burning sands will become pools, 
and the thirsty ground, springs of water.
~  Isaiah 35 4-7

Today, Sunday, is a day of rest.  God put this day aside, so that we "keep Holy the Sabbath day."  It is a day of mercy and a day to honor God.

"The Sabbath brings everyday work to a halt and provides a respite.  It is a day of protest against the servitude of work and the worship of money."  CCC 2172

As we approach Labor Day here in America, we should be reminded of all those that have worked and labored for both the social and economic achievements that have made our country prosper.  As we take this time of rest from labor, to honor all the workers, let us take time to thank and honor God, too.  Without Him, we would not prosper, nor would we have strength.

"The Sabbath is for the Lord, holy and set apart for the praise of God, his work of creation, and his saving actions on behalf of Israel."  CCC 2171

As in today's readings:  Ephphatha!  Let our hearts be opened, and our voices be opened, to His will and glory and Truth.  When we labor, we are all participating in God's Holy will.

As we read in Pope John Paul II's Laborem Exercens (Man's Dignity in Work), helping all men identify with Christ through their own work.  Jesus was a laborer.

For the good of society, for the good of God...

Let us give thanks this Labor Day weekend

"For whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works
as God did from his."  ~ Hebrews 4:10

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