Summer Break for month of July
REFLECTING TOGETHER: Liberty and Freedom for All
There is a practice rooted deeply in Judeo-Christian life, a practice we may have lost sight of in our busy and productive society. It is the practice of Sabbath, a time of rest. As God rested on the seventh day in the creation of the world, so we too require rest and time to remember the presence and work of God in our own lives.
This summer as you rest here in the United States it might be a good time also to reflect on what it means to be a United States citizen and a baptized person who belongs to Christ. Inscribed on the Stature of Liberty are the famous words, "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" In the Gospel, Jesus says "Come to me all you who are weary, and I will give you rest." In another place he says, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light." In what ways do we welcome others as Christ welcomes us? It is difficult to share the life we have in Christ, if we do not go often to rest in Him.
As you find a time to rest this summer, take a little time in silence and a little time also to reflect on liberty, sabbath, welcome. In the United States freedom is associated with freedom from constraint and the "pursuit of happiness." In the Christian sense, freedom in its fullest is an ability to will what God wills - to know and do the will of God, and in that find our happiness and our rest.
What does God wish us to do for the "tired, the hungry, the poor, huddled masses"? What is our call? What is your call, this summer?