Rediscovering Sunday

January 21, 2014 | 34 comments

I have encountered many “non-denominational” Christians who believe that going to church on Sunday is a good thing, but not absolutely necessary. What’s really important according to them is that you develop a “personal relationship” with Jesus.

In my experience, most people who say this are generally well-meaning, but they inadvertently discourage other Christians from going to church by taking this position.

Often they are surprised when they hear for the first time that Catholics are obligated to go to mass every Sunday. From our perspective, public worship is as intimate a relationship as one can have with Jesus while here on earth.

People making excuses to avoid Sunday worship is nothing new. Even in the first century this was a problem:

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Heb. 10:25).

The author of the letter to the Hebrews is asking his readers not to give up on gathering for public worship.

But why was this public gathering so important to the early Christians? What did they do there that could not be done privately?

According to the Bible, Christians gathered to partake in the “breaking of the bread” (Acts 2:42, 2:46, 20:17) on the first day of the week, the “Lord’s Day” (Acts 20:7, 1 Cor. 16:2). Sunday is the first day of the week, and also referred to by early Christian sources as “The Lord’s Day” because it is the day that Christ rose from the dead.

Early Christian writings can be helpful in understanding what is written in the Bible. For instance, the Didache, a first-century Christian instruction manual, explains:

But every Lord’s Day [Sunday] gather yourselves together and break bread, and give thanksgiving after having confessed your transgressions, that your sacrifice may be pure. But let no one that is at variance with his fellow come together with you, until they are reconciled, that your sacrifice may not be profaned (Didache 14).

The early Christians gathered every Sunday, not on random Sundays or whenever it was convenient.

The Didache refers to the breaking of bread as a “sacrifice.” To understand why this document would refer to the breaking of bread in public this way, we need to go back to the Bible and read the words of St. Paul:

For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world. So then, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another (1 Cor. 11:23-33).

Here St. Paul equates the bread and the cup to the body and blood of Jesus. He then repeats what Jesus said to the disciples at the Last Supper, when Jesus proclaimed the bread and wine to be his body and blood and commanded that the apostles do this in his memory.

Jesus foreshadows his command in John 6 when he explained to the disciples that he was the “bread from heaven” and they must “eat his flesh and drink his blood” (John 6:35-58). Some Christians claim this teaching is merely symbolic, but that leaves unexplained verse 51 which says “Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

St. Paul warns the Corinthians against partaking of the bread and the cup in an unworthy manner because it is literally our participation in that “once for all” sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. This was the universal Christian understanding of the Eucharist from the time of the apostles until the Protestant Reformation.

This does not mean there is no place for private devotions and prayer. Those are biblical concepts, too. The “breaking of the bread” though was not meant to be done in private, and the practice was mandated by Christ at the Last Supper when he consecrated the bread and wine, teaching his apostles how to worship.

Blessed John Paul II sums up nicely the importance of Sunday worship for Catholics:

Sunday is a day which is at the very heart of the Christian life. From the beginning of my Pontificate, I have not ceased to repeat: "Do not be afraid! Open, open wide the doors to Christ!"  In the same way, today I would strongly urge everyone to rediscover Sunday: Do not be afraid to give your time to Christ! Yes, let us open our time to Christ, that he may cast light upon it and give it direction. He is the One who knows the secret of time and the secret of eternity, and he gives us "his day" as an ever new gift of his love. The rediscovery of this day is a grace which we must implore, not only so that we may live the demands of faith to the full, but also so that we may respond concretely to the deepest human yearnings. Time given to Christ is never time lost, but is rather time gained, so that our relationships and indeed our whole life may become more profoundly human (Dies Domini 9).


Jon Sorensen is the director of marketing for Catholic Answers.

Mass Revision (Digital)
Mass Revision provides an overview of the Mass from beginning to end, showing you exactly how the Church says it is to be celebrated.

Comments by Catholic.com Members

#1  Kristynn Turingan - Norfolk, Virginia

In case anyone else was wondering: 1 Cor. 11:23-33.

January 21, 2014 at 11:19 pm PST
#2  Dick Martin - Frazeysburg, Ohio

This is written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit -Who is God.
Hebrews 9:24-28(NKJV)
For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;
not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another—
He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,
so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. NOTICE: Not to offer Himself often for He would have to suffer often. He put away Sin forever. When He appears the second time, apart from sin. He died ONCE, for ALL, FOREVER. and He sat down;(meaning it is finished). You call the Mass the "Sacrifice". No payment is ever needed again- Read Hebrews: chapter 9 and 10. We need to believe and say to Jesus that you accept His only sacrifice for your sins and only then you are ready to enter Heaven. Thank you Jesus.

January 25, 2014 at 4:03 pm PST
#3  Jon Sorensen - El Cajon, California - Catholic Answers Blogger

Thanks for the comment, Dick. I addressed the "once for all" concern in this blog post, but if you need more information on it, I recommend our tract: http://www.catholic.com/tracts/the-sacrifice-of-the-mass

January 26, 2014 at 11:35 am PST
#4  Dick Martin - Frazeysburg, Ohio

Title : Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Edition : First
PROPITIATION: To Appease God. God is totally satisfied.

This Greek word (hilasterion) came to denote not only the mercy-seat or lid of the ark, but also propitiation or reconciliation by blood. On the great day of atonement the high priest carried the blood of the sacrifice he offered for all the people within the veil and sprinkled with it the “mercy-seat,” and so made propitiation. In 1 John 2:2; 4:10, Christ is called the “propitiation for our sins.” Here a different Greek word is used (hilasmos). Christ is “the propitiation,” because by his becoming our substitute and assuming our obligations he expiated our guilt, covered it, by the vicarious punishment which he endured.

January 27, 2014 at 12:32 pm PST
#5  Christian Ian Patalinghug - New York City, New York

Yes , it is truly saddening that most Christians nowadays misinterpret the necessity of going to church every Sunday....

January 29, 2014 at 4:19 am PST
#6  Patrick Carson - Norwood, Pennsylvania

So why can we go to church in Saturday?

February 3, 2014 at 8:43 am PST
#7  Paula DiSanto - Jordan, New York

I do not understand how most protestants can believe that Jesus walked on water, raised a man from the dead, caused a blind man to see, healed a man from leprosy, reattached a man's ear, just to mention a few things, but will NOT believe that the bread and wine are the body and blood of Jesus. If Jesus wanted us to think of this food as a symbol of his death then he would have told the apostles that it was a symbol--No, he said that it IS his body and his blood and that when we eat and drink this we are to remember his sacrifice and proclaim his death until he comes again.

He was still alive when he told the disciples to remember him--this was to be a practice for us for all time, from his death until he comes again. He modeled for us how to partake of it. I am sure it was not a jovial party at the last supper. He was thinking about what was to come.

To those who want to keep protesting--yes, His sacrifice was once and for all as propitiation for our sins, however, he wants us to proclaim his death and never forget that sacrifice!!!

February 11, 2014 at 5:15 pm PST
#8  Dick Martin - Frazeysburg, Ohio

The bible say's that Jesus sacrificed was a complete satisfaction for our sin. see dictionary on propitiation; it means to be totally appeased. Jesus was the perfect offering. the bible say's Jesus died ONCE. (not daily). We "the Overcomers" are eternally secure. to offer the sacrifice of the Mass is saying that Jesus is not good enough. We are numbered in the beloved. The presence of the Holy Spirit is our earnest of our inheritance. The bible say's We ( The Born again ones) have already died with Jesus and was buried with Him and we arose with Him and are seated with Him in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus. NOW. No more Offering needed. Jesus spoke in parables: Pearl of great price, faith as a mustard seed . sand as a foundation, wind as the Holy spirit, explaining things of the spirit in natural terms to illustrate spiritual truths. Only Jesus saves. your parents can't save you, Church can't save you. Baptism can't save you. prayers can't save you. Only application- inviting and acknowledging Jesus as your Savior, don't add anything to what has already been done. You were on his mind when He died on the Cross.

February 13, 2014 at 5:46 pm PST
#9  Paula DiSanto - Jordan, New York

Jesus was the perfect offering. the bible say's Jesus died ONCE. (not daily).

As practicing Catholics, we are not saying the He dies daily--only that we proclaim His death until He comes--which is EXACTLY what He told us to do.

to offer the sacrifice of the Mass is saying that Jesus is not good enough.

Actually, it is just the opposite--we are saying the He was the perfect sacrifice and we remember that and proclaim it.

The presence of the Holy Spirit is our earnest of our inheritance.

Jesus told the disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit as a helper.

The bible say's We ( The Born again ones) have already died with Jesus and was buried with Him and we arose with Him and are seated with Him in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus. NOW. No more Offering needed.

Offerings are still required--the offering of thanksgiving, praise, and really all that we have. Also, we are to bring tithes and offerings.

Jesus spoke in parables: Pearl of great price, faith as a mustard seed . sand as a foundation, wind as the Holy spirit, explaining things of the spirit in natural terms to illustrate spiritual truths.

Yes, he did speak in parables; however, the last supper is not a parable, nor is what he told the disciples and has been passed down to us.

Only Jesus saves. your parents can't save you, Church can't save you. Baptism can't save you. prayers can't save you.

This is true--so what does it have to do with remembering and proclaiming our Lord's death until He comes again? As a matter of fact, it is only by realizing his sacrifice that we come to a saving knowledge of grace.

Only application- inviting and acknowledging Jesus as your Savior, don't add anything to what has already been done. You were on his mind when He died on the Cross.

We do not add anything to what he has already done--we only acknowledge, remember, and proclaim it. ALL of humanity was on his mind when he died and more so when he arose!

Interestingly, you left out of your comment my other point--you cannot pick and choose what to believe is truth or parable, etc. The bible is of no private interpretation--when people think it is that's when they get into trouble--an extreme case of this is Warren Jeffs. If you can believe that Jesus walked on water or cried tears of blood--of you believe that he died to save you from your sins, then why can you not believe and accept his own words that the bread and wine is his body and blood--can he not transubstantiate that? He is God!

February 14, 2014 at 9:29 pm PST
#10  Dick Martin - Frazeysburg, Ohio

Paula; your Mass is stated as a sacrifice is for payment for sins, not as a remembrance. Sin has been dealt with.
Hebrews 10:12-18
But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,
from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.
For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,
“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,”
then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin. When you are born again you are sealed and preserved by the Holy Spirit until our Faith becomes sight. We are talking about Sin Offerings. Your latest Catechism states that the commom person can interpret No. (91), but No.'s (82,85,100.)contradicts itself. Only those who are born spiritually can understand spiritual truth. the Natural man can only understand Natural things.
1 Corinthians 2:13-14
These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. The bread and wine only represents the Body and Blood of Jesus. Transubstantiation is one of Hundreds of non-biblical Ideas that go against God's Word. we are to only do this as a remembrance of His sacrifice for us and His suffering.

February 15, 2014 at 8:53 am PST
#11  Paula DiSanto - Jordan, New York

propitiate |pr??piSH???t|
verb [ with obj. ]
win or regain the favor of (a god, spirit, or person) by doing something that pleases them: the pagans thought it was important to propitiate the gods with sacrifices.

Dick, I looked up propitiate in the dictionary and have copied that definition for you above. As for your most recent comments about the Mass--where are you getting your information? Here is just one comment from the Catechism of the Catholic church:

1382 The Mass is at the same time, and inseparably, the sacrificial memorial in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated and the sacred banquet of communion with the Lord’s body and blood. But the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice is wholly directed toward the intimate union of the faithful with Christ through communion. To receive communion is to receive Christ himself who has offered himself for us. (950)

Our "sacrifice" is NOT Christ being crucified again and again. It is a memorial of what He did for us and as stated above, an intimate union with Him during that time in which our hearts are overflowing with thankfulness for the His gift of life to us. In addition to remind you once again, He (Christ) commanded us to do this!!!!

I have met MANY protestants who think they know the tenants of the Catholic faith, but are sorely mistaken. I will tell you from my perspective and of course, being Catholic (a convert from protestantism to Catholicism) that the whole service in the Catholic church is focused on the Lord and is an act of worship to Him. There is a homily (sermon) which expounds the word of God, but does not drone on and on and include personal stories of the pastor so as to hammer home a point or make the people laugh. What I am trying to get you to understand is that protestants are STILL protesting since Martin Luther (who by the way took original books out of the Bible to manipulate the text to suit his new doctrine!) and when they all get mad about something, they just go out and start a new church. Ugh! Come to the one true Church--the universal church that Christ founded on Peter.

I know my Bible as well as you do and I pray that your eyes will be open to God's truths as He intends them--not as a private interpretation! Also, protestants always skirt the issue that I brought up a while back. If you say that the Bible is God's inerrant, infallible word and you believe everything it says, then why do you pick and choose that which you say is true---such as the eucharist? Why is it ok to believe that Jesus performed all kinds of miracles and is omnipotent, but that he cannot transubstantiate bread and wine into His body and blood? We are just obeying Jesus' commands as stated in the passages of the gospels during the last summer.

February 15, 2014 at 4:18 pm PST
#12  Paula DiSanto - Jordan, New York

Sorry---I meant during the last supper---

February 15, 2014 at 4:18 pm PST
#13  Birkir Traustason - Berrien Center, Michigan

Just wondering why not one has responded to blog #6,,, Why do we not go to church on Saturday,, the very day that our LORD himself practiced,Luke 4:16,,,,By the way, the breaking of the bread, The Lords Supper, was first introduced by Christ himself on Thursday,,, crusified on Friday, ( preperation day)Luke 23:54 ( please read thru verse 56 which shows that Christ's followers keep the sabbath after His death) for the following day in which the Lord RESTED in the grave and then rose on the first day,,,,,, In mine and your Holy Bible the creation account is the same,,GOD rested on the 7th day,,, blessed it and made it holy Gen: 2:2,3,,and in Ex:20:8 the only commandment that begins with "Remember" refers back to creation,,, or do we no longer keep the commandments or maybe just 9 of them. If that is what you believe please refer to Matt 5:17-19

February 15, 2014 at 4:33 pm PST
#14  Birkir Traustason - Berrien Center, Michigan

Only two (2) things in ALL scripture that where so special to God that he blessed and made holy,,,,, Marriage & the 7th day SABBATH
Look at the world today and see the results of a very successful deceiver,,,, break up of the marriage and few keeping the Bible sabbath

February 15, 2014 at 6:48 pm PST
#15  Dick Martin - Frazeysburg, Ohio

Blog #6 Is Can? Can't . Is in? On.
Galatians 3:13-14
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” ), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus. If your Born again you are NOT under the LAW.
John 1:17
For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. We to live by Faith and Truth. We have Liberty.
1 Timothy 1:9-10
The law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine.
Romans 3:19-20
Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

February 19, 2014 at 11:25 am PST
#16  Birkir Traustason - Berrien Center, Michigan

Mr Martin,,, By your answer I assume you consider yourself NOT a sinner, since the law was only for sinners, how about Jesus own words in John 15:10 ?? and in Matt 5:17-19,, can you please explain these text to me please

February 21, 2014 at 10:54 pm PST
#17  Dick Martin - Frazeysburg, Ohio

Birkir; Very simple - Paul's revelation was given to Him after the Damascus Road experience . God showed Him Things That changed Christianity forever. He said the Old testament is Obsolete. Hebrews 8: 7-13. He explained Righteousness; Grace ;Dead to sin; Jesus die and became Sin for us. He applied OUR sin to Himself and the effects of SIN- for everyone ,forever. Read Epistles 2nd. Corth. 3:21. the Great Exchange. read my last blog about the Law. ( the Law of Death).

February 22, 2014 at 7:27 am PST
#18  Dick Martin - Frazeysburg, Ohio

Birkir: John 15:10 When you get Born again The Holy Spirit come and lives IN YOU. Never did before. This is the witness that you are " IN CHRIST". When you become Born Again Jesus and the Holy Spirit are ONE and They make their Home (abide) in you. You will Keep His commandment; To Love one another just as I have Loved You. God is Love and you Now have His Nature. You can't help yourself. Jesus came to fulfill the Law. When He Died on the cross He brought in Grace. The Law is a schoolmaster. Because the Law was just strict enough we all offend it and become Sinners; since we can't save ourselves ; we Need a savior; God provided Jesus ,the perfect Lamb. The Law is like a Road Map to Jesus , once we have arrived at our destination ; the map has done what it was suppose to. don't need it ever again. In all Bibles they have Matt; Mark Luke and John in the New testament. it should be in the Old testament because Jesus hadn't died yet. When Jesus died he ushered in Grace and the Church age.

February 22, 2014 at 9:24 am PST
#19  Paula DiSanto - Jordan, New York

Dick,
You like to use scripture for your own purposes as is evidenced through your misrepresentation of it. You claim: Paul's revelation was given to Him after the Damascus Road experience . God showed Him Things That changed Christianity forever. He said the Old testament is Obsolete. Hebrews 8: 7-13. First of all the writer of Hebrews is unknown and many people speculate who wrote it based on style, etc.

However, the write of Hebrews was speaking about the old covenant that God made with his people--NOT the whole Old Testament!!! If you actually read the verses in context of the whole passage you will clearly see that the writer was explaining the Lord making a new covenant; therefore, the Word states that the old COVENANT is obsolete--NOT the Old Testament! God had found fault with the people and therefore chose not to continue His covenant with them, but to create a new covenant through Jesus life and sacrifice. If you continue reading into chapter 9, the writer makes it clear that the laws, etc. of the old testament were GOOD. See Hebrews 9:11 "When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation." He continues in verse 15: "For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new COVENANT, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance--now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant." In fact this whole section is about making payment for the cleansing of our sins--keep reading!!!
Before going on, please study the whole context of the scripture and do not try to manipulate it to suit your doctrine or argument.

February 26, 2014 at 5:09 pm PST
#20  Dick Martin - Frazeysburg, Ohio

If you knew any thing about the bible: God knew the End before the beginning. He knew Adam and Eve would Fall; He gave them a free will to chose; He tested their obedience under the dispensation of Innocence ,then under Conscience or Moral Responsibility ended being cast out of Eden. Then God used Human Government and it Failed ( Tower of Babel) by making Wrong choices again. Then The Promise through Abraham- Failed Exile in Egypt- to Mt. Sinai. Then the Law was given - in effect till Jesus fulfilled the Law. Jesus ushered in the dispensation of Grace and Righteousness This is How God is dealing with man Today. Under the new covenant of Grace.( Unmerited favor.) The Law is still in effect only to those who are not Redeemed by Jesus's Sacrifice. We are a 3 part being: Spirit ,Soul, Body. Our Spirit is who we are. Your perfect In Christ. See Paul's Epistles to check it out. We have a Soul which is our Mind, our will, our intellect, feeling , emotions, etc. Our Bodies is our earthly suit to be able to live in the physical. Our Spirit needs to be Redeemed from a Sinful Nature to our God's Nature. when you apply Jesus's sacrifice to your Spirit it becomes connected to our Father and we become a NEW Creature in Christ; one which has never existed before. The bible teaches we have eternal security. Jesus was made Sin for us that we can be the Righteousness of God In Christ. Sin is not the problem ever again. Sin is the product of trying to keep the law. The Law was not made for a Righteous Man but for the sinner.
1 John 5:11-13
And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. Has given; Has Life; you may know. To deny the word is to deny truth and God. I have not made up any of this , It's the Truth. Why don't you study the whole context. I can't type the whole before and after -see for yourself. Your eternal destiny is at hand. chose you this day who you will serve.

February 27, 2014 at 5:19 pm PST
#21  Paula DiSanto - Jordan, New York

Dick,
I have decided not to cast my pearls before swine. Apparently you are a theology scholar and have no room for spiritual growth since you know it all. I would advise you to at least address the question or concern posed to you and not just go rambling on and on with your own delusional dogma. Of all the times I have addressed you in the blogs you have yet to directly answer the concern or question. I KNOW my Bible---do you think you are the only one God has given discernment, knowledge, and wisdom to? Remember that the Holy Scripture is of no private interpretation.

February 27, 2014 at 6:40 pm PST
#22  Dick Martin - Frazeysburg, Ohio

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. Scripture is given and everyone can understand it. You don't have to call me a theological scholar. Call me a SWINE. Am I addressing your concerns. You would understand delusional dogma better than any one else. I haven't heard that word in a long time. Discernment, knowledge, wisdom are three gifts of the Holy Spirit; there are six more; miracles, prophecy, faith, tongues, interpretation of tongues, healings. Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit?
1 Corinthians 12:11
But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

February 27, 2014 at 7:50 pm PST
#23  Ged Narvaez - Daraga, Albay

We Catholics have not disregarded but we in fact remember it.
Here at our humble place @Nuestra Señora de Salvacion Church, saturday masses 6:30 morning. Also, @ St. Gregory the Great Cathedral, Albay, there is everyday mass at small chapel except Sats. There are masses at saturdays (Benedicion) and everyday here at Quiapo Church

And yes, we can always go to Church at saturdays.

We must always remember what God teaches us:
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work.90
The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.91"

Sunday is the Lord's Day, the day of the Resurrection.

Let us read CCC 2168-2195

May God bless us and help us, to go to His mass.

May 13, 2014 at 3:56 am PST
#24  Dick Martin - Frazeysburg, Ohio

In reference to Masses; offered as a sacrifice for the sins of those who unknowingly think that has some bearing on their Cleansing of Sins, A DEAD WORK as talked about all thru the scriptures.
Hebrews 10:11-14
And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,
from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.
For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. Jesus's sacrifice for sins forever; perfected forever.
Hebrews 9:28
so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. Those who are Born Again ( a must) are eagerly waiting for his return ( apart from sin) for salvation. If you are In Christ you have been Judged already. Without Jesus you will stand at Judgment ( the Wages of sin is Spiritual DEATH.) Mass doesn't cleanse you of Sin, ONLY JESUS- It is finished.

June 1, 2014 at 12:32 pm PST
#25  THOMAS NORONHA - porvorim, Goa

@Dick Martin

Please explain
1) Where in the Bible is the word "Bible" mentioned? If not, how do we know that what is written in the Bible is scripture at all?
2) Where in the Bible does it say that Mr Dick Martin's
interpretation of scripture is the correct one and all the other interpretations by the numerous other sects are wrong.
3) By whose authority has the written matter that you consider the "Bible" ( also called scripture) said to be the "word of GOD".

As far as I know Jesus didnt write the Bible

July 29, 2014 at 3:47 am PST
#26  Dick Martin - Frazeysburg, Ohio

Thomas; You must not be a Christian or you would not ask these question. All you need to do is go into any book store to the bible section. Of course all cults have their own version and translations, commentaries, etc. Most bibles on the shelf are identical , so the message is the same. One of the Gifts of the Spirit is DISCERNMENT -- the ability to glean from the scriptures the meaning GOD would have you understand. If your not a Born Again Christian you can't have this gift.
1 Corinthians 2:14-16
But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. My interpretation lines up with other interpretations of other Christian of Non-denominations. All scriptures are simple to understand. So their is a lot of agreement. Cults teach a different way to Heaven so they Have another Book they follow such as the watchtower, pearl of great price, Koran, Catechism, writings of Buddha, Armstrong, Russell, etc. The Bible has stood the test of time, archeology, History, eye witness accounts. Sounds like you had better start seeking the truth. Jesus existed before the foundation of the universe. Jesus made all things. He is the God who inspired Men to physically write the Bible; but it's God inspired. The Bible is our instruction manual on how to live by Faith to please Him. Why would He make it too difficult to Understand? He wants you.. everyone from the brightest to the dumbest..

July 29, 2014 at 8:09 am PST
#27  THOMAS NORONHA - porvorim, Goa

Dick,
I am a cradle catholic from India. I'm sorry,I didnt mean to be rude or cynical. The questions that I put to you were meant to make you introspect on your position of basing all your beliefs on the "Bible" only. The Bible itself is a document compiled and presented by the Catholic church in its current form around 365 years after Jesus died. If you believe in the Bible without reservations as the inerrant word of God, which also by the way is an original doctrine of the Catholic Church, why cant you believe in the other doctrines of the church?
This website is an excellent resource to clear any misgivings you might have regarding the catholic church , if you keep an open mind and personally go through its teachings (eg Catechism of the Catholic church) without relying on third-party opinions.

Also, since you had major doubts about the mass and the eucharist ,I would like to direct you to these excellent videos.

1) Dr. Brant Pitre, Jesus & the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P45BHDRA7pU

2)Dr. Scott Hahn, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, speaks about "The Bible and the Sacrifice of the Mass" at the 2012 Defending the Faith Conference
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uL_IAJWvX0

3) Dr. Scott Hahn, speaks on "Paschal Sacrifice: A Heavenly Banquet for Earthly Beggars" at the "Supper of the Lamb: Mass as Heaven on Earth" Conference.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6CDK3z-6Ng

Although I myself am a Roman Catholic, it may help you to know that christianity in India is almost as old as christianity in
the holy land tracing its origins to St Thomas the apostle who won the first converts in Southern india. The mass(liturgy) celebrated by these christians is very similar to the latin catholic mass. It is specifically called the Eastern Syriac rite. This fact should reinforce the argument that the mass(liturgy) has been the central pillar of worship of all the early christians.( Southern India was never a part of the Roman empire)
https://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/catholic_rites_and_churches.htm

I pray that the Holy spirit will guide you to a clearer understanding.

July 29, 2014 at 11:10 am PST
#28  Dick Martin - Frazeysburg, Ohio

Thomas:Catholic errors; Thru out the history of the Catholic Church the seminaries taught their theology by Human’s Natural Means and what they thought who God is and how he operates. By the time they were able to teach they had the Scriptures added to and Subtracted from. You could start a completely different lists of denominations. The elementary bible teachings- is still in strong force today. All the different additions and subtractions were made to govern and control their followers during this life and life after death. Staying connected thru the Mass- daily sacrifices for sins since their last confession and Mass. Not Necessary Since Jesus died for the sins of the whole world-Past sins present sins and future sins. You can go directly into the very throne room of God Himself . When Jesus died on the cross He went there in your place. He will never come back to do that again. It was you who died that day. He exchanged his ability to stand before the Father with your sinfulness. The Devil ( steals, kills, and destroys) He’s always seeking who He may devour . He has no Power–Jesus took it away from Him. The bible say’s “My People perish from a lack of knowledge”. Mary was a great person because She said yes to God. Not to be Honored or exulted. Even the Catholic catechism state this (2113) but they went far beyond there own teachings. The pope is exalted as Jesus Himself on the earth today. Not. Apostolic succession and infallible is false. See on line; Illegitimate Popes. No where in the Bible are there Indulgences. Nothing of Merits received from dead Saints including Mary. Baptism, Including Infants , can save no one– ONLY JESUS SAVES. The Church can’t save you. Bible is the final Authority Metals, charms, amulets, all satanic. All Unrighteousness is Sin. What does that make Righteousness. Purgatory doe not exist. Made up by the infallible pope to control your money after death. Changed 10 commandments- eliminated Graven Images. Sacrifice of Mass- not needed since Bible plainly says; “ Jesus paid it ONCE, FOR ALL,FOREVER. No Transubstantiation. To EAT AND DRINK means to believe and receive , take in, be one with, Do this in remembrance ( Memorial catechism even calls it )

July 30, 2014 at 11:21 am PST
#29  THOMAS NORONHA - porvorim, Goa

Dick,
It is obvious you have not taken the time to introspect on the 3 questions I put to you, nor watched the videos I referenced.
I would like to stress again that all your understanding of Jesus is from the New testament of "THE BIBLE" which is a CATHOLIC DOCUMENT. Please do your research.

July 31, 2014 at 6:54 am PST
#30  Dick Martin - Frazeysburg, Ohio

Thomas; Didn't I address your 3 question. 1. you can't answer questions about non- truth. The bible was compiled in the 1st century by the scribes at Qumran location , where the dead sea scrolls were found. The Bible is not a Catholic document. I have studied the research material you referring to and it does not line up with scripture. you can't invent things and produce you own writings to prove anything. Where else could you find anything about Jesus but the writings of eye-witnesses of his earthly ministry ( GOSPELS). There is a lot more in the Epistles about Jesus. About His present Day ministry. Who He was before Creation. And about Future things , all of which you know nothing about. Then you would accuse me of having my own theology. please study the right material or your going to come up with the same conclusion.-- confusion ..

July 31, 2014 at 10:51 am PST
#31  THOMAS NORONHA - porvorim, Goa

Dick,
As far as I know, the dead sea scrolls were pieces of parchment which were in tatters when discovered around 1950. Who filled in the blanks and under what authority ? Which are the New Testament books found ? What about the Tobit, Sirach, Baruch , and "Psalm 151" books which were also a part of the scrolls ? Are they a part of your Bible? How did Saint Thomas the apostle convert the Indians in India without the Bible? Were these converts heretics for celebrating the liturgy? Who were St Ignatius, Polycarp, Justin Martyr ? Was St Ignatius, who died in 107AD and was a direct disciple of St John the evangelist, a heretic , for describing the Eucharist?

July 31, 2014 at 12:54 pm PST
#32  Dick Martin - Frazeysburg, Ohio

Brilliant Thomas: "As far as I know" , that tells us a lot. The blanks were filled in by already existing preserved Copies , only to prove the accuracy of the original ,handed down over the centuries. All scrolls found were used to prove Accuracy of the Bible which is in use Today and to prove the changes that have occurred since the original. Changes to what the Church wanted to back their pagan theology. Adding the books mentioned about praying for the dead; and the beliefs of mythologies of Ancient Pagan beliefs, still being believed today. exactly .....

August 1, 2014 at 7:35 am PST
#33  THOMAS NORONHA - porvorim, Goa

Can you point me to details of 1) past & current custodians of the "original handed down over the centuries" that you mention.2) current custodians of the "already existing preserved copies" 3) current custodians of the New Testament section of the scrolls. How can one vouch that writings on the original, preserved copies and the scrolls are the truth. I doubt you have yourself seen the originals, so we could argue at length on the sources. However, if you so wish ,we could spare this comment space on this blog and communicate privately via my email id oriongoa at gmail dot com.

I stress --- "The Catholic Church is built upon a foundation of the Blood of Martyrs, not on the Brains of Scientists and Historians"

August 1, 2014 at 8:37 am PST
#34  Dick Martin - Frazeysburg, Ohio

Important was the copying by Hand of the scriptures in the early yrs. I suppose you would deny the Jewish Holocaust ever existing. or the dropping the bomb on Japan. Details - Details... It certainly was not the Catholic Church since they didn't exist until 365 yrs after Jesus died The Church called the Way, who meet in Homes was that old already.
Ephesians 2:20-22
And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto an holy temple in the Lord:
In whom ye also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 3:18-19
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He takes the wise in their own craftiness. I stress the true Church is the body of Born Again believers. Since the sacrament of Baptism does not saves you (only Jesus Saves). You can't be a Member of any Church unless your Born from above. The wisdom of the world?

August 1, 2014 at 11:05 am PST

You are not logged in. Login or register to leave a comment.