August 13

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 the freshness 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.”
Lk 6:1-5

Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.
Marcus Aurelius

Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.
Joel A. Barker

I am not trying to change the world. I am just offering my gift that God gave me, and if somebody is moved by it, that’s beautiful.
Lenny Kravitz

Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world. Just start thinking peace, and the message will spread quicker than you think.
Yoko Ono

Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.
Louis E. Boone

You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.
Barbara Sher

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

If the individual is to be happy in the contemporary order, he must be open-minded with respect to new values and new arrangements.
Thomas Cochrane

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