Our Festive God!

Exodus 5:1
Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.'”

In our nose-to-the-grindstone utilitarian culture, one must always provide practical reasons for doing what one does. In approaching modern day Pharaohs we must always be careful to phrase our requests so as to make sure that the god of the Bottom Line is satisfied. We need time off “so we can rest up and be more productive” or because we need to time to achieve some sensible, practical, utilitarian goal like cleaning the gutters. It is typical that the God of Israel essentially tells the most powerful man in the world that He wants the children of Israel to be freed so they can have a party. This festal aspect of life is sorely neglected in our world but is still enshrined in important place: the Sabbath. Today, hold a feast — a little Easter — and celebrate the God, not of the Bottom Line, but of the Highest Heaven.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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