grade school religion classes when one of our primary objectives was to stall,
we loved the final two lines of today’s Gospel:
How quaint this bygone era when we worried about violations of the Sabbath seems! While the point of this passage is that we don’t have to be overly scrupulous about violating the Sabbath to meet essential needs, Jesus isn’t abolishing the Sabbath either.
That subtext that is more germane to life today than all our fatuous time-eating questions about “servile work.” We’re still supposed to set aside one day a week to pray and rest. How many of us actually do so?
•Are you one of those unfortunate people who has to work so the rest of us can cram the malls and buy things?
On the farm where I grew up, my dad had to feed the livestock
as soon as we got home from church. But after that we had SUNDAY. Mother
would fix a special brunch/dinner that we all ate together – something we
rarely did during the week. Then we would lounge around reading the Sunday
paper or watching sports on TV. The kids might go outside to play baseball
or badminton so the folks could nap. We had a light family supper before
it was time for us to study.
At times Sundays seemed long and dull. Usually we didn’t go anywhere
or see our friends. We were stuck with just family. But especially in hindsight,
those days were special. We prayed, played, slowed down and did only essential
work. It’s a pattern we might try to emulate today.
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