On this Wednesday of the First Week of Lent, I continue my journey through Scott Hahn’s book, Lenten Reflections from A Father Who Keeps His Promises.
Sunday is family day.
How often do I hear that? Or more importantly, how often have I said that? In the past few months, I don’t know how many Sundays I’ve spent attending sporting events for my kids—not that I’m complaining. I really enjoy watching them grow, develop, compete.
But I think this notion that “Sunday is mine!” or “Sunday is family day” distorts the purpose of keeping the Sabbath holy. Scott Hahn reminds us that the Sabbath is intended to draw us closer to our Creator.
It reminds me of the dispute between Martha and Mary. To recap, Jesus was visiting the house of Martha, who busied herself with the entertainment. On the other hand, Mary—Martha’s sister—sat at Jesus’ feet listening to Him. And Martha takes it up with the Big Man. Or at least, with His Son.