Monday, April 27, 2009

I'm wondering how the apostles would deal with the subject of "a day off?" Would Paul play golf? Would Bartholemew go to a library and then take a nap and then mow the grass? Would Peter go fishing? (Probably not.) Can we imagine any of the apostles actually doing nothing for a full 24 hours? Or since they were now New Testament guys, would they be completely freed up from any vestiges of Sabbatharianism, in which most of them grew up? I can imagine Paul, when he was not in jail, sipping a cappacino in a sidewalk café, reading one of his scrolls. For an hour or so. But did the apostles each take a full 24 hours off each week? I have never heard anyone speak or speculate about this. Perhaps because none of the apostles say too much about it, and in Acts, Luke says nothing that would evidence such a practice. If we could bring one of them down into Today, what would they do with our hyper-connectivity, our all-the-time being in communication? Would they get sucked into it or would they shut off their cell phones, turn off their computers and stay away from radio, TV, iPod etc. for a full day each week. Hey--I really wanna know!


Sandy said...

I think it was Eusebius who related the apocryphal story of the apostle John, that he kept pigeons as a hobby. A certain brother, who was also an archer, gave him criticism over that hobby. John apparently asked the man if he kept his bow strung all the time. The man replied, no, because the unrelieved tension was not good for the bow and string. John said that the same truth applied to the life of the body and soul. Apocryphal, I know, but I like such stories. I don't particularly like pigeons, but I do other stuff, eh. Looking forward to seeing su tomorrow!

Lisa Robinson said...

Peter would have a pig roast and Paul would be thinking of ways to make his sentences longer.

Seriously, Sandy your comment is so true and reminds me that the Sabbath was made for rest (not worship as some suppose). Actually there is worship in rest, I think.