Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest is still open, let us take care that none of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For indeed the good news came to us just as to them; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. For we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, "As in my anger I swore, ‘They shall not enter my rest,’" though his works were finished at the foundation of the world. For in one place it speaks about the seventh day as follows, "And God rested on the seventh day from all his works." And again in this place it says, "They shall not enter my rest." Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs.
Today is Friday 18 January, in the First Week of Ordinary Time.
One Hope Project sing, ‘My Soul Rests’.
Today’s reading is from St Paul’s letter to the Hebrews.
You might have made a promise, or a new year’s resolution a couple of weeks ago. Have you still kept it? Every year people make promises to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity and we hope even more will commit themselves to the challenge of living simply this year. What would you promise?
While campaigns and action ideas come and go, God’s promise never lapses. God’s love is eternal. And oh so necessary to know in our world today. Can I open my heart to this promise? Can I think of people I know who need to hear God’s promise?
It is a hard slog being a follower, and this call to live simply, sustainably and in solidarity covers all aspects of my life. Sometimes it feels as if its impossible! As you listen to the reading again, hear the promise of God. The promise of the place of rest.
It is, as the Irish prayer says, when we are held in the palm of God’s hand, we will find rest. So can you make this your reflection now. Feel yourself today, in the palm of God’s hand. Feel the care, the support, the love and the listening ear. Place yourself in God’s loving hands.