Daily Office Readings for Thursday Proper 10 of Year 1
“Then he said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the Sabbath” (Mark 2: 27)
So God brought us into the world and then set up ways for us to live. Even from the Genesis story we learn that all was in place before we got here. (Genesis 1) This earth is our life-support system.
But even so, there are requirements that have to be met in order for this earth to continue to support us. And there are worship tools in place to ensure we do not forget God who is making it all possible. One such tool is the Sabbath, that is, down time, in order to regulate our lives so that we might fully be who we are called to be.
Beyond the Sabbath, we have recorded our history with God in our Holy Writings, the Bible. The Bible is not to be worshiped itself but is used as a worship tool in order that we might remember God in a continual study of Who God is and our relationship with God.
We also have our Books of Common Prayer and Icons, and Prayer Beads, and Music and the list goes on and on. Among the list of the Sabbath sacred are our worship spaces that we too often over emphasize. Jesus points this out in the same passage we have for today, “And he said to them, ‘Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.” (Mark 2: 25 – 26) Again, if we did not exist, our churches, synagogues, masques nor their products would have meaning. God made us the priority. We are the real sacred.
The building up and completion of our place to live, the earth, reaches its apex with our arrival. After our arrival, we have the Sabbath with which we are commanded to observe for the physical, mental and spiritual health of our bodies and souls. But these things were put in place for our benefit, not us for the benefit of the Sabbath and other worship tools that have no meaning if we do not exist in the first place.
The Sabbath should not be taken likely however. It is a Commandment of God for us to observe a Sabbath. It is given to us for our wellbeing.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow. John+