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.
April 15, 2023
Published by Brother Phil and Ben
Phillip Smith and Benjamin Rossi established The Voice of Moreau blog on September 15, 2018. View all posts by Brother Phil and Ben