St Paul continues defending his ministry among the Corinthians in today's first reading. With his typically ironic style, he admits that the Corinthians "have already grown rich," while he and the other Apostles are disrespected, hungry and thirsty, roughly treated, wandering homeless, ridiculed, persecuted and slandered. Sounds a lot like the treatment Jesus and the disciples receive in the Gospel for today! That means we should...expect this to be the norm for Jesus' followers through the ages.
And yet even under that kind of treatment, Jesus remains the Lord of the Sabbath who can still say "Come to me, all of you; you will find rest."
In the Scriptures, the Sabbath stands for all sorts of wonderful things, rest being only the first-named. The Sabbath represents the fullness of creation, delight, presence, contemplation, Godlikeness, dignity, stillness, peace, detachment, providence, contentment, "enoughness." Jesus is the Lord of each of those Sabbath qualities.
All of which gave the Apostles, like Paul in the first reading, the wherewithall to bear with so much "in Christ."
How many people live without a Sabbath! Even if they do have leisure (not everyone does), that down time can be so unrestful. Do our Sundays have these qualities of rest, delight, contemplation, peace? If not, is Jesus really the Lord of our Sabbath?
What can we change, as the vacation "season" ends and the work year begins, to maintain a sense of Sabbath?