Malta Minute with the Catechism: No Work on the Sabbath?

  • Program #: 203
  • Description: Why should we do no work on the Sabbath as the third commandment demands? The Catholic Catechism, beginning with paragraph 2168 reminds us that in 6 days, the Lord God made the heaven and the earth, the sea and all that is in them. On the 7th day He rested, thereby blessing and hallowing the Sabbath. The Sabbath is also a memorial of Israel’s liberation from Egypt. The Sabbath is a sign of God’s irrevocable covenant with Israel. Thus, the day is to be set apart as holy and for the praise of god, his work of creation and his saving action on behalf of Israel. God set a model for human action. If the almighty Creator could take a day off for rest and refreshment, so should his creatures. For Christians, Sunday replaces Sabbath observance because it is the day Jesus rose from the dead and ushered in the new creation. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta’s Minute with the Catechism.

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