Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Breaking News for Moms & Dads: The Sabbath is not about you.

Gospel Reading today Marke 2:23-28
"The Sabbath was made for the good of man; man was not made for the Sabbath." Mark 2:27

I can't write much this morning but the immediate thought that came to my mind in the Gospel reading for today is how we are all called to keep holy the Sabbath no matter how hard it is. All of the excuses of how your child doesn't act right in mass...he is too little. Or the one I hear all of the time is "i just don't get anything out of mass when I have my 1 year old there." Well, sorry to be such a grouch about this subject but Mass is not for you to get something out of it....it is not about you. We go to mass to serve the Lord. So if you are in the foyer the entire time in mass with your giggling, crawling, walking, jabber-jaw toddler and don't hear much of what is going on in the church, you still receive abundant graces from Heaven by just being present. You still are there to receive the food for your soul, the body and blood of Christ, to get you through the next week and to give you the strength on being the best mother and wife you can be.

So the next time you don't want to go through the Climatic Chaos of the week, which is Sunday mornings trying to get your family off to church, think of Jesus suffering and dying on the cross. What if He would have said to heck with it because it was too hard? Be strong in your faith and do not waver and your children will learn from this and always know they need to get to church, even with a hang-over in college. That is what 5:00 Sunday afternoon Mass is for! My dad never waivered and in turn, he has 3 devout catholic children. So it is not about us....it is about living for above and getting your family to Heaven!

Blessings to you this Tuesday!

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