On Saturday July 5, Pope made a historic statement about Sunday keeping.
According to AP New, Pope Francis traveled to the heart of southern Italy where unemployment is chronically high and lamented the abandoning of the traditionally Christian practice of not working on Sundays, saying it has a negative impact on families and friendships. The pontiff indicated that opening stores and other businesses on Sundays as a way to create jobs wasn’t beneficial for society.
Francis said the priority should be “not economic but human,” and that the stress should be on families and friendships, not commercial relationships. He added: “Maybe it’s time to ask ourselves if working on Sundays is true freedom.” He said that spending Sundays with family and friends is an “ethical choice” for faithful and non-faithful alike. (Sounds like he believes Sunday should be kept by everyone?) He encouraged parents to spend more time with children, quipping: “Waste time with your children!” He said he liked to ask parents, “do you play with your children?”
Reminds me of the words of Jesus, Luke 4:21 “… This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”