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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

   “…again he sets a certain day, ‘Today,’ saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, ‘Today, when you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.’ For if Joshua had given them rest (αὐτοὺς κατέπαυσεν), God would not speak later of another day. So then, there remains a sabbath rest for the people of God; for whoever enters God’s rest (εἰς τὴν κατάπαυσιν αὐτοῦ) also ceases from his labors as God did from his. Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, that no one fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebr 4: 7-12)

     The author of Hebrews calls us to stri...

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, ‘Come forward (εἰς τὸ μέσον, into the middle).’ Then he said to them, ‘Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?’ But they were silent. He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.’” (Mk 3: 1-6)

So the Pharisees have murder in their hearts, seeking “to destroy” Jesus, – and this unlawful desire they embrace o...

Saturday, May 21, 2016

“…The man (the one healed at the pool of Bethesda) went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. And this was why the Jews persecuted Jesus, because he did this on the sabbath. But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father is working still, and I am working.’ This was why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but also called God his own Father, making himself equal with God.” (Jn 5: 15-18)

 

Here, in yet another incident within the ongoing “Sabbath controversy” between Jesus and the Pharisees, our Lord makes a shocking statement: “My Father is working still (until now), and I am working.” Jesus is signalizing a change in His Father’s dealings with us, His people.

 

Previously, God had made His “rest” on the seventh day upon creation, as descr...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week they went to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, ‘Who will roll away the stone for us from the door of the tomb?’ And looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back…” (Mk 16: 1-4)

 

How utterly useless are the spices, brought to Christ’s tomb by these insignificant, poor women. But here’s the thing: “…God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast be...

Monday, May 2, 2016

Now after the sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the sepulchre. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. Lo, I have told you.’ So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear...

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