At the very beginning of the Bible is where we first learn the story of God creating the world in six days and then resting on the seventh.

The 50th anniversary of the ‘moon landing” being celebrated this weekend (20-21 July) is a reminder, if one were needed, that the “creation story” is not an account of how God made the universe but why God did so!


God’s “rest day” – the Sabbath in the Jewish tradition and Sunday for Christians – has always been a special day for God’s people but, sadly, not everyone now follows God’s example of making the seventh day a day of rest and not a day like any other.

The summer holiday season should be our time, if at no other time of the year, to enjoy quality rest time, especially with family and friends. It’s a time to break free from routines and habits of daily life: a time to rest the body, stimulate the mind and renew the spirit. Recreation is a very spiritual activity: a time for God to re-create us anew.

So let us pray for God’s blessings and graces on all who will have time off work; a holiday from school or college; for all carers, employed or voluntary; all parents and children; in short, for all of us who need a break!

Fr John