Daily Theology

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/df/Vincent_van_Gogh_-_The_siesta_%28after_Millet%29_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg Vincent Van Gogh “The Siesta”

In today’s first reading, we hear the proclamation of the Ten Commandments offered to the newly freed Israelites (1). The Ten Commandments are God’s gift to the people, providing them with a blue print of how to be in right relationship with God and with each other as they continue to live into their vocation as the Chosen people of God. As we see in this rendition from Exodus, the third commandment is the gift of Sabbath. I’m sure for a newly freed people, the third commandment regarding Sabbath must have seemed to be a great gift. It created a sacred boundary around one day a week, ensuring a God-ordained and thus culturally accepted time to rest and rejuvenate. Notably, the Sabbath commandment serves as the transition between those focused on the people’s relationship with God and the commandments that address their relationship with others…

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