I am disappointed with the Toronto Eaton Centre’s decision to remain open on Easter Sunday – the holiest day on the Christian calendar.
This takes us a giant step backwards when it comes to workers’ rights. Workers fought for more than a century, from 1830 till the 1930s to have time off for certain holidays.
Further, a push for keeping stores open on these days diminishes the sanctity of religious holydays and makes it difficult, if not impossible for retail workers to attend religious services with their families.
Keeping the Sabbath holy means that the Lord’s Day should be marked from beginning to end by grateful and active remembrance of God’s saving work. Sunday is the day of rediscovering the true nature and deep roots of joy.
This joy should never be confused with shallow feelings of satisfaction and pleasure, which, as in the case of shopping and sports, inebriate the senses and emotions for a brief moment, but then leave the heart unfulfilled and perhaps even embittered.
In the Christian view, joy is more enduring and consoling. It leads to a more intense time of sharing, and encouraging all the inventiveness of which Christian charity is capable.
As a day of rest, Sunday is a day in which we are called to withdraw from the sometimes excessively demanding cycle of earthly tasks in order to renew our awareness that everything is the work of God.
In this way, Sunday becomes the soul of the other days so that the perfect Christian is, in a sense, always in the Lord’s Day.