April 17

Reflection

The Lord is Lord of the Sabbath, and Sabbath is not about following particular cultural practices, but is an every-day, moment to moment process of birthing God’s rest into the world through our obedience to God’s call to the law of love. Sabbath is not a particular day, but a way of life: a way of life that lives out Jesus’ mission in the world. This will look different in various contexts, but it will always promote life, love and healthy relationships with God and others. Will we try to pour this into the old wineskins of “the way we’ve always done it,” or the cultural traditions we’ve decided our lives should conform to? Or will we let go of our comfortable, familiar old skins and allow God to give us daily new wineskins? These will not be completely different from the old ones: they might look just the same as the old ones did, only they are fresh. Or perhaps they look different depending on the culture and time in which we live. But they all serve the same function: they are vessels in which the Spirit can be poured into the world and can ferment to maturity.
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 Prayer

 Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.

Action

 Try to have mind and heart open to thefreshness of the Spirit’s movement in our times.

Suggested Reading

While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a sabbath,
his disciples were picking the heads of grain,
rubbing them in their hands, and eating them.
Some Pharisees said,
“Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“Have you not read what David did
when he and those who were with him were hungry?
How he went into the house of God, took the bread of offering,
which only the priests could lawfully eat,
ate of it, and shared it with his companions?”
Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”
Luke 6:1-5

People are very open-minded about new things – as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.
Charles Kettering

Only an open mind still has room for new knowledge.  What is outgrown and used up must be discarded to make room for what is yet to be learned.  And much of the best thinking is done alone–in deserts, on beaches, in bed, behind closed doors.  It is why we say we need to get away–to escape from clutter and busyness–to hear ourselves think.
Robert Fulghum

Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the
mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

Dogmatism breeds intolerance. Like ideology, dogmatism puts blinders on what its adherents can see, disables their questioning faculties, and breeds fervor and fanaticism. . . . Having an open mind does not mean that one never comes to any convictions in life. It is perfectly possible to have an open mind and live a very principled life, without holding one’s beliefs dogmatically. Having an open mind means being prepared to question even your most central beliefs if there is occasion to do so.
Jeff Mason

Many a person thinks he or she has an open mind, when it is merely vacant.
Unknown

A closed mind is a dying mind.
Edna Ferber

Never stop learning and adapting.  The world will always be changing.  If you limit yourself to what you knew and what you were comfortable with earlier in your life, you will grow increasingly frustrated with your surroundings as you age.
David Niven

 

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