This week’s lectionary offers us a couple of ways of looking at sabbath. I find myself not preaching about sabbath very often, because I have difficulty with practicing it myself, and shouldn’t we be careful about practicing what we preach? (Or is it preaching what we practice?)
I’m looking at the Isaiah 58 alternative passage and the gospel lesson and finding all of the juxtapositions of the idea of sabbath. After all, Jesus was famous for doing some of his best work on that day. On the other hand, the practice of not observing the sabbath really ticked off the God of Israel! I’m also wondering what possible relevance the idea of a day set apart for worship and renewal is in this culture of “do more, be more, have more”.
What are you wondering about this week?