April 15, 2023

The number “6” has been considered an evil number since ancient times.  In the Jewish mind, it is a tragic reminder of imperfection, lacking completeness and failing to achieve wholeness (symbolized by its neighbor on the number line, seven).  From a theological point of view, the problem is divorcing those rigorous and all-consuming six days of work (Gen 1:1-31) from the deep sabbath rest which grounds them and gives them meaning (Gen 2:2-3).  How often have I lost the forest for the trees?  When have I gone down the proverbial rabbit hole of intellection at the expense of an enduring and transcendent telos?  Have I ever actually trusted enough in the eternal sabbath to experience a peace that lasts?  Let’s spend the week meditating upon the mystery of the one who works on the sabbath without contradiction and without apology (Jn 5:17), and in doing so become people whose active engagement in the life of the world actually leads to rest.  Ave Crux, Spes Unica.

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