.- During a Mass commemorating the dioceseâs feast day, Bishop Luis StÃ¶ckler of Quilmes, Argentina, said participation in Sunday Mass is important because âwithout the Sunday celebration we would lose our identity.â Bishop StÃ¶ckler recalled that the coming of the Holy Spirit occurred on a Sunday, fifty days after the Resurrection. âSince then never in her 2,000 year history has the Church failed to celebrate the memorial of the Resurrection,â he said.
âSunday has assumed a symbolic value that expresses the newness of the Christian mystery. In truth, without the Sunday celebration we would lose our identity,â he continued.
The Sunday celebration, the bishop warned, should not get lost in the context of the weekend. While the weekend is a time of rest that is âcertainly necessary and beneficial,â for Christians Sunday is âa true sanctification of the Lordâs day.â
He also warned that those who âdeliberately miss Sunday Mass without a serious reason should be aware that they are committing a very serious sin of omission.â
On the other hand, Bishop StÃ¶ckler noted that the right to rest implies the right to work, and therefore he said those who are unemployed and thus âare forced to spend the workweek in inactivityâ should not be forgotten.
He also called on the faithful to strive âfor a society in which everyone has a place,â as âit is very difficult to enjoy Sunday without having earned a living through hard work.â