Pastor’s Reflection for November 13, 2016
All that God teaches and commands is for our protection and provision. One of His commands is to keep holy the Sabbath. This is to help us to be in rhythm with God who created the world in six days and rested on the seventh. We are to worship God who is the Lord of all life and to have a day to rest and enjoy our relationships with family and friends. On the Sabbath day, we gather as God’s family to hear the Lord speak in the community in His word. His word instructs us, disciplines us and comforts us. We hear from the Shepherd who cares for His sheep. We offer the perfect sacrifice to God as an atonement for our sins for He is God worthy of all praise and He longs to feed us with His body and blood as food for our journey. He wants us as His family to come together to support and encourage one another.
Now there are a few dangers in not honoring the Sabbath. One danger is that we may move into a private relationship with God, a me and God relationship; thus removing ourselves from the community. Our relationship with God is to be personal but communal. The Lord saved us as a community. He left the Eucharist in the Church, teaching us to gather to receive the heavenly food. When He taught us to pray He said, “Our Father” not my father. As the Trinity is a community of persons, we are to grow in love as a community of brothers and sisters. We are not to live a solitary life for even as a human we are in need of others to live our lives (doctors to help us live in good health, farmers to grow our food, pilots to fly our planes, etc.)
Another danger is that neglecting a time of rest may cause us to be unhealthy in our minds, bodies and spirit. We can break down, be overly stressed, and lose perspective. Even an automobile needs to stop and be filled up in order to function. We need a day to be free of commitments, to relax, enjoy activities and hobbies, and nurture our relationships.
The Sabbath day is an important day to hand down to our children. It is sad to see adults using Sunday morning as time for all types of activities that makes no room for Sunday worship. A relationship with God within a Christian community is more important than playing or practicing a sport. Let Sunday morning be a time for all Christians to gather as the people of God worshipping their God. The Sabbath day is today for many people just like any other day. If we choose to dishonor this day, it is to our detriment. Let us keep holy the Sabbath as God has given not as a suggestion but as a commandment.
I wish to thank the members of our community who generously gave to purchase a sign on our property to give direction to the school and also for us to purchase new altar robes.
I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday, November 15, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,