Grace to you!
I have met many people here in the United Sates who have three jobs. Some of them go from one job to another, sleeping less than 3 hours a day to make ends meet. Though many know this isn’t good for their health, they still do it in order to pay their bills, which keep coming. Many argue, “If I stop doing more jobs, I will live on the street.” I sympathize with people in this kind of situation, especially those who are not driven by greed but by necessity. Nonetheless, it is equally important and well known that lack of rest causes long-term harm to our health. I tell people, the cemetery is a home for many people who think they are indispensable. Isn’t it wise for us to take good care of our health? It’s prudence.
God is therefore thinking about you who rarely rest when he introduced the notion of Sabbath, a Hebrew word which means, “rest”, right from the first book of the bible called Genesis, known also as the book of creation or the beginnings, borrowing from the first verse of the book “In the beginning.”
Genesis 2:1-3 states that God rested (Sabbath) from all he had created. So, he blessed that day. I wouldn’t like to bore you with the historical background leading to this text plus the liturgical significance of the Sabbath; it isn’t my objective here.
Nonetheless, I would want to point out one of the rationales behind the day of rest. When God does something, we the people of faith see it as a lead, an example he wants us to follow. We therefore try to model our lives and plans after God’s lead. Our relationship with God on earth is like a mentoring father to his child. God is our mentoring father, and we follow his lead, which is always in our best interest.
So, the rationale behind the Sabbath “rest” is for us to have at least a full day not to work. During that time we rest in God; a rest very healthy for our mental, emotional, psychological, biological, social and spiritual well-being. Sabbath makes us centered. God who created us knows we need that rest and we need to be refreshed by him. God doesn’t benefit from our rest, we do.
Do you suppose that lack of rest is in our best interest? Do people who work 24/7 look refreshed? From experience, we know they tend to be stressed out a lot. When stressed out, our dispositions and mannerism aren’t at their best. Don’t we become unnecessarily short and petulant?
In fact, the Sabbath is meant for us, for our wellbeing, for our spiritual and biological nourishment. Therefore, do please set a day when you wouldn’t do any career-based or job activity. In fact, God has set a perfect day for it, a day we Christians call “The Day of the Lord” (Sunday). Use that time to connect with God, go to Mass, fellowship and relax with your loved ones as well, a kind of home-fellowship. Remember, a healthy mind is in a healthy body.
God love you. God bless you.