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Not Just Sundays…

Happy Sunday!  I hope you remember to think of today as the start of your week and not the END of your weekend 🙂  Take the time today to think of all the great things that have happened this past week.  Actually do it now.  Close your eyes for 30 seconds and see what’s the first thing to come to mind.  You only need that one thing to jump start an amazing week to come.  Hold on to that feeling of gratitude, you’ll need it for tomorrow 🙂

One of the things I do on Sunday, to start the day off right, is to go to Church.  If you’ve been following on Sundays, you know that we’ve been learning quite a bit.  This week’s lesson is about Holy Days of Obligation. 

When people asked me what I did for my birthday this past July, going to Church was the first thing I named.  The rest of the day is a blur, minus the yummy meal I had with my boyfriend.  Most responses I got were, Why Church?  My birthday fell on a Friday.  While it is true that Mass is celebrated on Sundays and it is the day to keep holy, it is not the only day Mass is held.  Mass, for Catholics, is held every day.  We learned last week in We Find the Defendant … that according to the laws of the Church, one ‘shall attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of obligation and rest from servile labor.’

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This past Thursday was a Holy Day of Obligation.  All Saints Day, which falls on November 1st, is a day to honor the saints known and unknown.  A saint is someone who lives up to the example of Christ, through their holiness or sanctity of the religion.  I have a book of over 200 saints, all became so because of their faith in Christ and died defending their belief. 

All Saints Day is followed by All Souls Day on November 2nd.  This day is a day to pray for the souls that have died.  The way I understand it, it is a day to pray for souls that might be stuck in Purgatory.  It is a way to help them get into Heaven.

Hurricane Sandy took out the power for a lot of people;  Including my church, so Mass was not held on Thursday.  I am not sure how that works out, if its a sin or not, since I didn’t go.  I’ll have to inquire about that of course.  Yesterday, though, I took a moment to think of all the people who gave their lives defending Christ.  What could I do or not do, to live a life closer in His footsteps?

Even if you don’t go to Church or haven’t gone in a while, that doesn’t mean you can’t keep your relationship with Him strong.  I encourage you to have a conversation with Him daily, even if its just to say thanks for waking up in the morning.  This can be your one thing of gratitude for today.  I’ll leave you with one of today’s readings.

Heb 7:23-28                           [Jesus the High Priest]

Jesus has a priesthood that will not pass away.  He is a high priest holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and higher than the heavens.  He offered one sacrifice for sin.
A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Brothers and sisters:

The levitical priests were many because they were prevented by death from remaining in office, but Jesus, because he remains forever, has a priesthood that does not pass away.  Therefore, he is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them.

It was fitting that we should have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, higher than the heavens.  He has no need, as did the high priests, to offer sacrifice day after day, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did that once for all when he offered himself.  For the law appoints men subject to weakness to be high priests, but the word of the oath, which was taken after the law, appoints a son, who has been made perfect forever.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Let it marinate!

Until then,

2 replies on “Not Just Sundays…”

I am so thankful for that sacrifice that He offered up to us. I’m grateful to read this post right now, because it reminded me to pause in appreciation of the blessing of salvation. Great start of my week! Thank you!

I am so happy to hear that Brandi! I have been definitely been doing a lot of thinking and becoming more aware of all the great things in my life. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

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