Jesus says ‘Come to me all you who are burdened and I will give you Rest.’
Jesus gives us Rest.
Reflection and thoughts take mostly from ‘John Paul II’
Sunday is a day of rest. Sunday is a day of ‘Renewal and Detachment’ The interruption of the often oppressive rhythm of work. It recall us to realize that the universe and history belong to God.
‘Rest therefore acquires a great value. The faithful are called to rest, as even God rested on the 7th day’
‘Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors to Christ. In the same way. I want to strongly urge everyone to rediscover Sunday as a day of rest.’
Sunday rest reminds us ‘That time remains open to eternity.’ ‘Sunday rest prevents time from being closed in upon itself.’
St Augustine says that Eternity is a quality of God. Hell is more like being stuck at the train station for forever. In hell we will notice every second. In hell time will be closed in upon itself.Time will be all there is.
‘Do not be afraid to give your time to Christ’
Sunday is ‘Day of Light’
Day of the Sun
Christ is the Light of the World
Zechariah ‘As he looked upon Christ seeing in Him the dawn which gives ‘Light’ to those who sit in darkness’
Simon on seeing Jesus ‘Light to enlighten the Gentiles’
Sunday is Day of the Spirit
‘Pentecost is not only the founding event of the Church but is also the mystery which forever gives light to the Church’
‘Sunday is the day of Joy and the day of Rest precisely because it is ‘The Lord Day’ The day of the Risen Lord’ ‘Understood and lived in this fashion. Sunday in a way becomes the soul of the other days, and in a sense we call recall the insights of Origen that the perfect Christian ‘Is always in the Lord Day, and is always celebrating Sunday’
Pope Benedict in his book ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ writes ‘ For Neuser, the key word rest, understood as an integral element of the Sabbath, is the connecting link to Jesus’ exclamation immediately prior to the story of the disciples plucking the ears of wheat in Matthew’s Gospel. It is the ‘Joyful Shout’ ‘I thank thee, Father Lord of heaven and earth, that thou has hidden these things from the wise and the learned and revealed them to babes’
‘The verses immediately preceding the Sabbath narrative reads as follows ‘Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’
‘Jesus was not just another rabbi, out to make life easier for people. No the issue is not that the burden is light. Jesus’ claim to authority is at issue. Christ now stands on the mountain. He now takes the place of the Torah.’
When Jesus says ‘The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.’ Jesus is saying that He is the Sabbath Rest. When we are told to rest. That means we are to find our rest in the Heart of Jesus.
Jesus is our Sabbath Rest. It is in Jesus that we find Rest.