The Third Commandment - Keeping a Special Day for God
by Deacon Tom Frankenfield
One Sunday Nicky and Amanda were shopping with their Aunt Minnie. They were looking at all kinds of stores doing window-shopping. Amanda was telling Aunt Minnie how she would love a new dress when Nicky interrupted suddenly. Nicky noticed that many of the stores were closed. He asked, “Aunt Minnie, why are so many stores closed today and their lights are turned out?”
Aunt Minnie replied, “Nicky, the reason the stores are closed is because it is Sunday.” Nicky scrunched up his nose and said, “Huh, why Sunday? I know that’s when people go to Church and when people spend lots of time with their families but why can’t I go to this jewelry store to get my watch fixed?”
Aunt Minnie just laughed and said, “Nicky, many stores are closed on Sunday because it is the Lord’s Day and the Third Commandment tells us to keep holy the Lord’s Day.” Aunt Minnie explained that in many countries people do not work on Sunday so that they can spend time thanking God for all the good things in their lives and for the gifts, they received during the week.
Amanda smiled and said, “Aunt Minnie, I always thank God for all the great things in my life.” Aunt Minnie gave her a hug and said, “Amanda, I know that both Nicky and Amanda are great people and you are always thankful but let me tell you more.”
Aunt Minnie explained, “Sunday is the special day when the entire Family of God comes together to thank Him. It is like in our family when on ordinary days, you tell each other how ‘thanks’ and ‘good job’ but there are those special days when our family and friends join together to celebrate. Recently we all went to graduation celebrations of special people like Bryan, Mike, Lauren and Melissa. We as a family made it a special event and made them feel extremely special. We gave them cool gifts, remember?”
Aunt Minnie said further, “Sundays are the special days when God’s family around the world gets together at Mass to thank God for his blessings. Some families worship together on Sunday with all the neighbors in their local communities as a way of thanking God for wonderful gifts. Some even ask God for forgiveness. They even give God special gifts like part of their allowance or the best gift--the gift of their love for God.”
Aunt Minnie gave them a hug and said, “I love you both and I need you to know that when I go to Church I always thank God for the both of you!” And to show how much she cared, Aunt Minnie took Nicky and Amanda to the Pizza restaurant and for lunch. They both love Aunt Minnie and pizza
My friends, it is always important to make Sunday a special day for God and join all of God’s family to say thanks. Taking time to say thanks to family and friends is just as important—they too, are gifts from God.
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