I shoveled by neighbor's sidewalk on Sunday - did I fail to keep the Sabbath holy?


#1

I shoveled my neighbors sidewalk on Sunday - we got pounded with snow. My intention was to give him a break on his day off, so he could spend more time with his family. I had to shovel my sidewalk to keep pedestrians from needing to walk in the street.

Let me tell you, it was definately work! A good work, but work none the less. I feel that if I didn’t shovel, I would’ve missed an opportunity to do that good work.

Did I fail to keep the Sabbath holy?


#2

I don’t think you did anything wrong.

newadvent.org/cathen/13287b.htm

Christ, while observing the Sabbath, set himself in word and act against this absurd rigorism which made man a slave of the day. He reproved the scribes and Pharisees for putting an intolerable burden on men’s shoulders (Matt., xxiii, 4), and proclaimed the principle that “the sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath” (Mark, ii, 27). He cured on the Sabbath, and defended His disciples for plucking ears of corn on that day. In His arguments with the Pharisees on this account He showed that the Sabbath is not broken in cases of necessity or by acts of charity (Matt., xii, 3 sqq.; Mark, ii, 25 sqq.; Luke, vi, 3 sqq.; xiv, 5).


#3

[quote=Soul Amp]I shoveled my neighbors sidewalk on Sunday - we got pounded with snow. My intention was to give him a break on his day off, so he could spend more time with his family. I had to shovel my sidewalk to keep pedestrians from needing to walk in the street.

Let me tell you, it was definately work! A good work, but work none the less. I feel that if I didn’t shovel, I would’ve missed an opportunity to do that good work.

Did I fail to keep the Sabbath holy?
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Charitable work is allowed on Sunday, and what you did was an act of charity.


#4

[quote=Soul Amp]Did I fail to keep the Sabbath holy?
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Read paragraph 2173 of the Catechism. You’re in good shape.

Oh, and if you want to do some more shovelling, come on over! :slight_smile:


#5

[quote=Soul Amp]I shoveled my neighbors sidewalk on Sunday - we got pounded with snow. My intention was to give him a break on his day off, so he could spend more time with his family. I had to shovel my sidewalk to keep pedestrians from needing to walk in the street.

Let me tell you, it was definately work! A good work, but work none the less. I feel that if I didn’t shovel, I would’ve missed an opportunity to do that good work.

Did I fail to keep the Sabbath holy?
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Did you ask him to pay you for the work that you did? No? Then you have kept the Sabbath holy by helping your neighbour.

We are not governed by man made second generation rules with regards to the Sabbath :slight_smile:

Maggie


#6

No you didn’t, we have to keep from unnecessary servile work, seems like your work was necessary.


#7

i am not sure… could it have been cleared prior to church or after church?

Do we put God first…?

only you can really answer the question…

Peace:thumbsup:


#8

[quote=Soul Amp]I shoveled my neighbors sidewalk on Sunday - we got pounded with snow. My intention was to give him a break on his day off, so he could spend more time with his family. I had to shovel my sidewalk to keep pedestrians from needing to walk in the street.

Let me tell you, it was definately work! A good work, but work none the less. I feel that if I didn’t shovel, I would’ve missed an opportunity to do that good work.

Did I fail to keep the Sabbath holy?
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Hi Soul,Let me tell you that you that by your act of love and concern for your neighbor you have stored some rewards up in heaven. I bet you felt good about what you did.What you do for the least of my brothers you do for me Jesus said. God is smiling on you. :smiley: God Bless


#9

[quote=space ghost]i am not sure… could it have been cleared prior to church or after church?

Do we put God first…?

only you can really answer the question…

Peace:thumbsup:
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Oh, it didn’t interfere with church.

This other post in another forum had me questioning if I really understood of servile work. I did. :slight_smile:

And no, I will not be shoveling anyone else’s walk…unless you pay me…and it’s Saturday…hehe.


#10

[quote=space ghost]i am not sure… could it have been cleared prior to church or after church?

Do we put God first…?

only you can really answer the question…

Peace:thumbsup:
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Oh, it didn’t interfere with church.

This other post in another forum had me questioning if I really understood the meaning of servile work. I did. :slight_smile:

And no, I will not be shoveling anyone else’s walk…unless you pay me…and it’s Saturday…hehe.

Thanks All,
John


#11

Can I study for school on Sunday?


#12

erm… the Sabbath is Saturday, always was and always will be, but we are no longer bound to the Old Covenant. The Sabbath of the Old Covenant was a shadow pointing forward to the Sabbath on which God finally did rest, when He lay in the tomb after being crucified on Good Friday. The Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, primarily worships on Sunday which is the eighth day. The eighth day is a new day which breaks free from the endless cycle of seven days. It is an eternal day for there is no night following. It is the new creation.
We primarily worship on this day because we look forward to the second coming of our Lord and our own resurrection when we too will enter glory. The Sabbath looked forward to the purpose of Christ’s first coming, to defeat death by His own death. Sunday, the Lord’s day, looks forward to Christ’s second coming.

The Sabbath day never got changed. It was simply fulfilled.

John.


#13

[quote=mommy]He cured on the Sabbath, and defended His disciples for plucking ears of corn on that day.
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Since maize is a new world crop, the disciples were not plucking corn as most of us know it. My NRSV translates it as “heads of grain.” (Matthew 12:1) Doesn’t sound very tasty to me.

Slight hijack here: I also notice in 12:4 that David is reported as eating the “bread of the Presence.” Is this bread a precursor to the Eucharist, or a precursor to the bread at the end of some Byzantine divine liturgies?


#14

I think you are picking nits here.
At my church, Ihave shoveled snow fromthe sidewalks so everyone coming in won’t slip and fall.
Dong Good works on Sunday IS NOT work for which you get paid (money) for.
BUT YOU SIS store up a few $$$ in Heaven for your good deed.

IF we all became worried about working on Sunday, we’d ALL end up staying in bed all day and MISS the Holy Eucharist and the Mass which we are all called to be at, at the first place!

God IS with Us!
Edwin


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