Mark 2:29 (Sabbath walk) by Diane Overmann

07 Jul Mark 2:29 (Sabbath walk) by Diane Overmann

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (FB), provided by LIFE Runners (FB).

“You are not made for the Sabbath; the Sabbath is made for you.” Mark 2:29 (full readings)

Diane’s Reflections: Having recently read Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller, I am led to reflect on how God has placed so much value on slowing down and seeking the sacred. I have regarded the Commandment as meaning worshipping at Church on the Sabbath. However, this author reminded me that the Sabbath commands me to stop and harness the violence of busyness. Even when I dedicate my life to the service of others, the frantic over activity can cause suffering to others and to myself. The lack of rest and reflection can limit my ability to live in wonder and awe at the greatness of God. When I consecrate a time to listen to the still, small voices and the root of inner wisdom that makes work fruitful, my service to others will be filled with grace and all will be blessed. Sabbath is a way of being in time and remembering who I am, what I know, and to taste the gifts of the Spirit and eternity. I, then, will remember that everything is a blessing. I need to take delight in my life and the fruits of the Spirit. I need to rid myself of the feeling of guilt in taking time to rest and to be with God. I can not lead others to the kingdom of God without recognizing the kingdom of God within myself. The Creator invites me to take seriously His Commandment to step back and take a Sabbath walk…to see the sacredness of Life!
* Diane Overmann is the Faith Formation Director at St. Clare Catholic School in O’Fallon, IL. She also presents catechist classes for the Diocese of Belleville, IL.

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