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Dies Domini 29: The Day of Faith

Sunday is a “day of faith,” according to John Paul II. Note the distinctive qualities of Sunday Mass above liturgy celebrated on the other six days, he advises. 29. Given these different dimensions which set it apart, Sunday appears as … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 28: The Gift of the Spirit

An extension of yesterday’s Gospel would bring us to the Johannine “Pentecost” on Easter evening. Let’s not get into the tussle of which account is more “historical.” (Why couldn’t both be considered true, in the truest sense?) John Paul II cites Sunday … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 27: The Day of Christ-Light

It seems appropriate to restart our series on Pope John Paul II’s document on Sunday … on Easter Sunday. Christianity’s everlasting ability to inculturate, to adapt, and to utilize other traditions to further the Gospel of Christ. The day of … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 26: Image of Eternity

Counting can be a problem, at first glance. Old Testament literalists may fuss at Christians for shifting Sabbath observance to the first day. But in our weird way of counting time, and adding a dollop of the transcendant to the … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 24-25: The Day of the New Creation

With these two sections, John Paul II looks at “The day of the new creation.” He cites Jewish/Christian connections in the Scriptures. Linking the Creation account with the Christological hymn of the letter to the Colossians. 24. A comparison of … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 23: Growing Distinction From The Sabbath

It is a fact of history and a distinctive Christian theology that followers of Christ moved away from the Jewish Sabbath. The New Testament reports in many places that the early believers, led by the apostles, continued synagogue observances. But … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 22: Maintaining A Lord’s Day in Early Christianity

How did early Christians forge a Sunday, a Lord’s Day in a pagan culture? Somehow they maintained the rhythm of the week–and that may be no small feat, considering the week was a Jewish invention and not something followed in the … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 21: The First Day Of The Week

A straightforward section for your consideration today. After the Gospel narratives (but before they were written) we have the witness of St Paul: 21. It was for this reason that, from Apostolic times, “the first day after the Sabbath”, the … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 20: Witnessing to the Resurrection

Pope John Paul II relies heavily on the witness of the Gospels to flesh out his examination of the Resurrection. Naturally: 20. According to the common witness of the Gospels, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead took place … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 19: The Weekly Easter

If Sunday is the day of the Lord, it is also the day of Christ. Dies Christi, the topic of Chapter II, extends from this section to number 30. Subtitle: The Day of the Risen Lord and of the Gift of the … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 18: From the Sabbath to Sunday

Let’s wrap up Chapter I, Dies Domini, the day of the Lord. We began it in numbered section 8. A curious question for watchers of Judaism and Christianity: how did they come to celebrate the Sabbath on different days of … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 17: More Remembering

Deuteronomy, the fifth book of the Torah (and the Bible, of course) inspires DD 17 and continues the theme of remembering: 17. The connection between Sabbath rest and the theme of “remembering” God’s wonders is found also in the Book … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 16: Remembering

Remembering is a holy activity. Sometimes it can be indulgent, harboring grudges and such. But in the context of Sunday, of worship, and of faith, sanctification is partly based on our memory. This section and the next fall under the … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 15: Praise and Thanksgiving

In God’s graceful sanctification of time, human beings who believe offer a natural response of gratitude. And we are more than believers–we stand on a relationship with a loving God who responds to us in our need and comes to … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 14: Sanctified and Loving

Some further elaboration on the metaphor of marriage. But John Paul II wants his readers to be aware of a more complete context to Sunday. First, Sunday is sanctified and declared the Lord’s own day: 14. In the first place, … Continue reading

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