Time out or clocking in?
"Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it." Revelation 2.17
Wednesday of Holy Week is fallow. Or, at least the Scriptures do not record what happened on that day. Was it more of the same (debating with the authorities in the temple)? Or did Jesus take time out with his friends in Bethany - to recharge and re-focus? Or was it a day devoted to preparation for Passover?
For us, perhaps, it is a day to reflect on the profound mystery of faith. In the middle of a momentous week which brings home just how raw and earthy and physical is the story upon which our faith is based, maybe it is appropriate to ponder also how, in making sense of these realities, in investing what happened in discrete moments of time with an eternal significance, faith carries us above and beyond...
The words attributed to the Risen Christ in Revelation demand the attention of believers to a message that is only audible to the ears of faith, they promise sustenance of which no worldly nutritionist or dietician is aware and they offer a new identity perceived only through the eyes of faith. In other words one can only apprehend the transcendent significance of otherwise mundane events as a gift of insight which we receive on putting our trust in God.