Living the Gift of Sunday

As a tool for Catholics throughout southeast Wisconsin, Archbishop Listecki has published a reflection called The Gift of Sunday. The full reflection and study guide can be found at https://www.archmil.org/Sunday-Initiative/Reflection.htm. Additionally, the archdiocese has published a booklet called Living the Gift of Sunday. Living the Gift of Sunday contains ten weeks of reflections on how Sunday is a great gift for us, and how we might live that gift out in our everyday lives. Over the next ten weeks, excerpts from Living the Gift of Sunday will be shared here.  You can pick up your copy of Living the Gift of Sunday in the back of church or find it online at https://www.archmil.org/ArchMil/offices/Synod/GiftofSunday_EasterBooklet_Englishforweb.pdf.

Sunday is A Day of Christ’s Resurrection

“St. Luke’s Gospel story of the two disciples and their encounter with the risen Jesus on Easter Sunday on the road to Emmaus (24:13-35) beautifully connects how we come to know our risen Lord through Mass every Sunday. As the disciples walked and discussed Sacred Scripture with him they believed him to be a stranger, but they realized that it was the risen Jesus in the breaking of the bread. Each Sunday our hearts are stirred by Jesus in the word as he prepares us to receive his Real Presence in the Eucharist.”

Sunday is A Day of Peace

“Christ’s atoning sacrifice for our sins on the cross makes reconciliation possible. Pace and harmony are possible. Through the restoration of our relationship with God, we can begin to recognize the other relationships in our lives that are also in need of healing. Reconciliation requires an admission of our own responsibility for sin before God. At every Mass, we start with the Penitential Act, acknowledging our sins announce our trust in God’s mercy.” The Roman Missal

Sunday is the Day That Belongs to God

“As Christians, we believe that God is at the very center of our lives. Our spiritual journey on earth is one of deepening our relationship with God, and that includes listening intently to His word. The deepest expression of that listening is hearing the communal proclamation of Sacred Scripture in the Liturgy of the Word. We listen to God speak so that we might internalize His message and put it into practice.”

Sunday is A Day of Rest

“Throughout the week, our lives are filled with busyness, social media, and tending to the day-to-day necessities of life. Distractions are constant. We need rest to be able to relax our bodies, clear our minds and refresh our spirits. Taking time away from work, shopping, and our daily routines is essential for our spiritual, mental and physical wellbeing…Catholic recommendations to rest on Sunday do not hinder participation in ‘ordinary and innocent occupations.’ In the spirit of the Sabbath, Catholics ought to observe a day of rest from servile work, which also becomes ‘a day of protest against the servitude of work and the worship of money’ (CCC, 2172 – Cf. Neh 13:15-22; 2 Chr 36:21).”