SUNDAY HOMILY: The Happy Priest - Practical Lessons from Nazareth
excuses do not lead to habits prejudicial to religion, family life, and health" (Catechism of the Catholic Church; 2184, 2185).
This means that we are to do housework, yard work and shopping on other days, not on Sunday. Although it is true that some people will have to work because they are involved with service orientated professions (hospitals and restaurants), employers of these types of professions have a moral obligation to provide their employees time for worship and adequate rest.
Finally, today's Gospel narrative reminds us that we are to have a deep love for the Word of God. Jesus reads from the Sacred Scriptures. The Scriptures are the voice of God speaking to us. Do you own your own personal Bible? The Word of God needs to be the very soul of our spiritual life. Today's responsorial psalm reminds us of the importance of the Sacred Scriptures when we respond, "Your words, Lord are Spirit and Life."
The Word of God can speak to us every day by praying the Liturgy of the Hours, by meditating on the some passage of the Bible and by attending Mass every day.
Father James Farfaglia is a
contributing writer for Catholic Online and author of Get Serious! - A Survival Guide for Serious Catholics. You can visit him on the web at www.fatherjames.org
and listen to the audio podcast of this Sunday homily.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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