суббота, 12 декабря 2009 г.

Miracles of Christ on the Sabbath Day

Miracles of Christ on the Sabbath Day


                      9 December 1979


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In the name, of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.


 


Time and again we read in the Gospel of the anger which the Lord Jesus


Christ provoked by performing an act of mercy, a miracle of healing on


a Sabbath day. And we cannot help asking ourselves a question: Why did


He  do  it so constantly, so persistently, with such insistence? Could


it  be  to  challenge those who surrounded Him? Could it be to provoke


them? Could it be simply a pedagogical action?


 


I  believe  that  there  is  a great deal more in His action. The Lord


created  the  world  in  six days; on the seventh day He rested of His


toils  and  labours.  But what happened to the world then? The seventh


day  was  the  day  when  the  world  came into the hands of man to be


brought  to  its  fulfilment and to its completeness; the seventh day,


the  Sabbath of the Lord is the day of man. The whole of human history


falls  in  that  day.  But God did not leave man to work alone; as the


Lord  Jesus  Christ says in the Gospel, as reported by Saint John, My


Father  still  works,  He  shows His work to His Son for Him to fulfil


them.  And  in  another  passage  He teaches us, He tells us that His


judgment is true because it is not His judgment; He hears the words of


the Father and that is the judgment He pronounces.


 


And  so,  History is the day of man, but man is called to be guided by


the  wisdom, by the love of God. It is because we are so often seeking


for  our own ways, it is because we do not ask ourselves what is God's


way  in  one situation or the other that the world has become so ugly,


and  so  frightening,  and  so  tragic.  There  is  a Hebrew poem that


describes  the  misery of this world into which man does not bring the


love  of  God; it says, Man has ceased to believe in God and love has


departed  this  world.  Men  have  hanged  themselves in forests, have


drowned  themselves  in lakes, in rivers. Heaven is no longer mirrored


in  the  lakes,  in  the  woods; the bird does no longer sing songs of


paradise,  and  the  Prophet himself on his pedestal has become a mere


statue.


 


Is  this  not  what we have become? Not statues, but so much alike the


wife  of  Lot who turned back and who became a statue of salt. We have


remained  salt,  and yet, we are petrified, immobile, we do not fulfil


on  earth  this  function of ours. And Christ shows us, by working His


miracles,  His acts of love and of compassion on Sabbath day, time and


again,  He  Who  is  the  only true Man, the only Man who is in total,


ultimate  oneness  with  God,  what  our  part  should be: take on the


history  of  mankind,  take every situation in which we or others find


themselves, and carry them on our shoulders, in an act of mercy and of


love.  A  Western  writer has said that a Christian is one to whom God


has  committed  the  care  of  His  world  and of other people. Are we


discharging  this basic central commission of ours, do we care? We may


care with tenderness, we may care sternly, but we must care. And then,


this  seventh  day  when  God in His mercy and love has committed this


world  to  our care, still can yet become the day of the Lord. And the


City  of  man  which is been built without God, which so often is like


the  Tower of Ваbel, may still unfold and attain the greatness and the


holiness  of  the City of God in which the Lord Jesus Christ, true God


but  also  true  Man,  is called to be a citizen, the heart of it, but


also one of us.


 


Is  not  this call great enough? Is not God's faith in us sufficiently


inspiring?  Are  we  going  to defeat His hope, to reject His love for


ourselves  or  for  others?  Or are we going to learn from the ways in


which  Christ fulfils His human vocation in the day of the Lord? Shall


we not learn from Him, and together with Him build the world which God


has  dreamed,  has  willed  and is still loving in His distress and so


often in our betrayal of Him!


 


Let us learn to love one another actively, bear one another's burdens,


listen  to  the Living God when He speaks, listen with all our energy,


look  into  His  ways  and  be those who fulfil His will and bring the


world to the perfect beauty He has willed for it! Amen.


 


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