Resting or rising
One sabbath day, Jesus happened to be taking a walk through the cornfields, and his disciples began to pick ears of corn as they went along. And the Pharisees said to him, ‘Look, why are they doing something on the sabbath day that is forbidden?’ And he replied, ‘Did you never read what David did in his time of need when he and his followers were hungry – how he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the loaves of offering which only the priests are allowed to eat, and how he also gave some to the men with him?’ And he said to them, ‘The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath; the Son of Man is master even of the sabbath.’ (Mark 2: 23-28)
These days, there seems to be a growing tendency for us to give meaning to our lives by being busy – or appearing to be busy! It seems that we have to justify our days by sharing what we’ve done and telling everyone how little time we have left to do anything else! There will, of course, be times of great busyness and fulfilling all our responsibilities but there is also the need for rest. Whilst Jesus should have been resting – according to Sabbath customs – he is seeking out food for him and his disciples. He has recognised what is important in the here and now. Sometimes we are so caught up with doing things that we overlook what is really important, or we may feel obliged to say “yes” to this or that demand placed upon us. Alternatively, we may be resting when really we should be rising! Perhaps today, whether resting or rising, we can begin to look afresh at what we actually need to do or not do. To learn to do what is most important or what is not important at all!
God our loving Father, help us to know the right things to do and give us, we pray, the strength to do it so that rising or resting we may give glory to you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.