[T]he financial context is an invitation to seek the true treasure of existence and to be attentive to the balances that make harmonious social life possible. Respect for Sunday is certainly one of the elements that contribute to this, Over and above this day’s religious significance, its uniqueness reminds each citizen that he possesses a lofty dignity and that his work is not servile.
Although the “most important of human realities” like economics can be contemplated by believers and unbelievers alike, they are merely a starting point toward the even more deeper realities of man, in particular, of who man is. Christians, like Pope Benedict, are concerned with all of human realities, but in addition we also proclaim that the deepest reality of who man is was revealed in the person of Jesus Christ, God-become-man.
Sunday is offered to all so that the human being is not reduced to being merely the member of a work force or a consumer but rather that he may rest and devote some time to the most important of human realities: family life, free encounters with others, spiritual activities and the worship of God. It is important not to lose in a vain and dangerous race for profit, that which is not only a social acquisition but also and especially a mark of profound humanist wisdom.
So let’s have solidarity with each other in these trying times and find comfort and aide with the help of God’s grace!
The truth is that only in the mystery of the incarnate Word does the mystery of man take on light. For Adam, the first man, was a figure of Him Who was to come, namely Christ the Lord. Christ, the final Adam, by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love, fully reveals man to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear. (Gaudium Et Spes , Vatican II, December 7, 1965)