Sabbath. Family Faith Focus 11 September. “Families walk the Talk”

“Have you heard of Jews for Jesus?”  Michael asked.  “Doesn’t that do away with their jewishness?”  came the response.  “I don’t know any Jewish families personally but I believe that they practise a pretty strict observance of the laws.” “But that is also what Jesus criticised them for.”  So they discussed differences between religions and some of the traditions. “I have always admired how Jewish families still honour the Sabbath by gathering for their Sabbath meal.  In a sense that has been a saving grace for the life of the Jewish people, don’t you think? I wonder what traditions they have around birthdays.”   

It happened that on a Sabbath, when Jesus entered the synagogue and taught, a man was there whose right hand was withered. Jesus said to the scribes and the Pharisees. Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to destroy it?”   Luke 6:6, 9.

Pope Francis.  The majority of people living on our planet profess to be believers.  This should spur religions to dialogue among themselves for the sake of protecting nature, defending the poor and building networks of respect and fraternity.   LS 201  Sunday, like the Jewish Sabbath, is meant to be a day which heals our relationships with God, with ourselves, with others and with the world. LS237

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