Staying with the Sabbath theme, I re-read parts of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s book “The Sabbath.” He writes: “Six days a week we live under the tyranny of things of space; on the Sabbath we try to become attuned to holiness in time. It is a day on which we are called upon to share in what is eternal in time, to turn from the results of creation to the mystery of creation; from the world of creation to the creation of the world.” Practicing Sabbath, not as an archaic act, but as someone said is a “subversive cultural practice for us today that affords the possibility to recognize and to resist the powerful, unchosen elements of cultural identity.” Sabbath aims then to draw us out of the ceaseless flow of the business or busyness of life in order to help us reorient our attention on the most important things in our lives. Sabbath offers us a means of keeping the urgent from consistently trumping what we actually count as most important: Sabbath offers us a means to keep our work, in whatever form it takes because of where we are in the life cycle, from trumping relationships. Sabbath offers us a means to manage our daily routine and uneventful activities from trumping enjoyment. Sabbath counters “the drive to be more than we are, to control more than we do, to extend our power and effectiveness.” Sabbath brings us back and teaches us to be more fully present in the here and now.

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:9-11a
“So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest…”

Reflection Questions:
What influences trump you from experiencing Sabbath?
How can you become more fully present?
How is Sabbath a subversive cultural practice?

Prayer: Holy God, you invite me to experience Sabbath.  Lead me to a stillness where I can be more fully present in the lives of others. Amen