In our cities the social supports for the Sabbath have disappeared. In commercial and social terms, Sunday is barely different from weekdays. There can be a blessing in this change. Jesus constantly shifted the emphasis from law to love, and we can learn to do the same. We can learn to think of the Sabbath as a time to find space for God rather than focus on the guilt of missing Mass or doing a job. Generations of parents have worried themselves sick over their children ignoring church laws, not unlike the rabbis in Jesus’ time.
It might be more productive to focus first on making Sunday special in some way, and then on making space for God. Many German households still make the family meal on Sunday the highest priority of the week, more important than any sport or other distraction. Dublin, the seedbed of Sacred Space, sees a great population of ramblers take to the hills on Sunday: the pleasures of the hike, and the change of tempo from work or study, are balm to the soul as well as the body. We get in touch with God in different ways, through sitting with our family over a meal, through taking time out to stop and stare at God’s creation, or through joining the community of our neighbours in the ancient but simple shared worship of the Mass.

from Sacred Space

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