January 20, 2015
Jesus said, “The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.” Mk 2:23-28
“If I do everything right, then how could anything he does be right, when everything he does is different than what I do? It was a threat to their security. It was a threat to their pomposity!” It was a challenge to their “authority.” And who were they to say who was doing it right in the first place? What was the whole point of doing it at all?
By the Word of God – the sabbath was made. It was supposed to be a day of rest. But “rest” in the hands of ‘those in authority’ went from the purpose of keeping God in the forefront of their thoughts, to a Nazi-like control of every finger lifted and every thought contemplated. And in the process, God was totally forgotten. Jesus came to remind them of the whole purpose of the sabbath – and it had to do with HIM (the Word, God), and not them (the Pharisees)!
And the bottom line? The bottom line is for us not to make those comparisons either. If it takes, giving up everything but breathing, for one person to find God. That doesn’t mean that someone else couldn’t equally find God while he’s eating or fixing something that could not be fixed at any other time. If he keeps God foremost in his thoughts and actions – that could be God’s rest for him as well! And we should be doing this (keeping God foremost in our thoughts) all week long anyway!
There’s more than one way to get something right, beloved. If we can be open minded enough to accept other people’s ‘right,’ as well as our own, as long as human dignity doesn’t suffer in the process, we’ll find that life can be a whole lot more peaceful than if we are constantly comparing ‘us’ to ‘them’.
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