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Exodus 11:10—12:14
Psalm 116
Matthew 12:1-8

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clear your schedule

"This month shall stand at the head of your calendar; you shall reckon it the first month of the year." —Exodus 12:2

As the Israelites prepared to eat the first Passover meal, God gave them a command that revolutionized their lives. He changed their calendars. The calendar would now be based on Passover. Slavery to a schedule controlled by others was now replaced by a schedule headlined by God. Worship would now take priority over work. After eating the Passover, God led His people through the Red Sea into a new freedom based on His lordship over time.

Before Passover, the Israelites were slaves to a different calendar. The Egyptian taskmasters controlled their schedule, filling their days, weeks, and months with long hours on the job. Many of you understand this well. You long for free time, but you are slaves to your schedule. You need Jesus to deliver you through a new Passover.

There is great news! You have been given a new Passover, called the Mass (1 Cor 5:7). The Mass is outside of time. When you give Jesus your all at Mass, He can multiply your time.

Change your calendar. Put Mass, the New Passover, at the top of your schedule. Attend Mass daily, or at least desire to do so. Give worship priority over all else. Come to the eucharistic Jesus and receive timely help (Heb 4:16, RNAB).

Prayer:  "How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good He has done for me? The cup of salvation I will take up, and I will call upon the name of the Lord" (Ps 116:12).

Promise:  "The Son of Man is indeed Lord of the sabbath." —Mt 12:8

Praise:  One of the main reasons that Mary homeschooled her children was so they could attend daily Mass together.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, January 22, 2007

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