8th Sunday after Trinity


Today is Sunday. It is supposed to be a day of rest and recuperation. They used to say, it is the Lord’s Day. A day that belonged to something other than ourselves. And, in a roundabout way it is for our renewal.

 

We have to get away from the daily grind and our struggle for existence. That was the idea of the Sabbath of the old Jewish calendar. Even God needed a day of rest after the Creation; and he saw, all was good. Was it really?

When I was a child and looked out a window I noticed straight away when it was Sunday.  The streets were quieter and  emptier. People were dressed differently than they were on weekdays. Today I can’t see the street. I look at the bush as it always looks. It is green and the birds are flying from tree to tree as they always did. For them, it is always the Lord’s Day. We have to be reminded.

 

As we, Uta and I, were sitting at the table, having breakfast with a soft-boiled egg, we switched on the radio, as we do in the mornings, to listen to “our ABC” and the beautiful music they usually broadcast. And who better to start Sunday with than no other than Johann Sebastian Bach. They were plying the first movement of his Brandenburg concerto no. 4.

 

 

 

Brandenburg is the land of my forefathers and Berlin is its  main city. It has a beautiful landscape, where human hand has improved on what nature, from the Ice Age on, has provided.

Here begins Brandenburg when you come from Mecklenburg

Here begins Brandenburg when you come from Mecklenburg

After the concerto they played a cantata by Bach as they do every Sunday. The right one for the right day, as it was done when he was at the Thomas Church at Leipzig.

They played the cantata BWV 178: “If the Lord God does not stay with us”. This cantata has been especially being composed for the 8th Sunday after Trinity. After checking this cantata out I realised, how opportune it is for just our time.

 

The music of the cantata  is of course beautiful and powerful, even if one is not a believer. For  a secular person, like me, it tells me, that when we lose our moral compass then nothing will help us. Our immorality makes our enemies stronger and we can see it everywhere in the world today.

The wrong god, Mammon,  is running the show and that is why Sunday has been turned into just another shopping day. There is no Sabbath any more and the more we move away from the Enlightenment, the more the fundamentalists of this world will cause upheaval. The Yazidi, stuck on Mount Sinjar in Northern Iraq, suffer for the greed and corruption of the West. The gods are angry and do not stay with us.

I’m not pleading for a new god. I’m pleading fore a  morality  where the balance sheet  is not the guiding principle. Countries are being run for the benefit of the corporations and not for the benefit of the people as a whole. We are being told to work more for less. But the wealth so created is ending up  in the pockets of the few. The environment is being destroyed. Countries are being bombed to smithereens.

 

It is time we we take back our Sabbath  or our Sunday and pause once in a while and consider the outcomes of our wrong actions and may be, “the Lord might once again smile at us.”  The lessons of 8th Sunday after Trinity must be learnt. Bach knew about it two hundred and ninety years ago.

 

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View of Mount Kembla, Illawarra, NSW

 

 

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15 thoughts on “8th Sunday after Trinity

  1. Berlioz, you say: ” . . . . when we lose our moral compass then nothing will help us. Our immorality makes our enemies stronger . . . . ”
    I think there is something in it, that if we follow our moral compass then God is with us and protects us from our enemies. Sharing our surpluses and giving aid to people in need, this is what makes friends out of enemies, not the destruction of countries.

    • I’m not sure whether a God will protect us form our enemies if we do not lose our moral compass. I think, the likelihood of an enemy arising would diminish. Nothing in life is for certain and we all have to make an effort to stay within a moral perimeter. It is the totality of our society by which a positive outcome is achieved.

      • Right. So maybe if most of us would ask ourselves, what is morally right and what is wrong, and if then we tried very hard to live by what is right, maybe, just maybe, we would have a chance to have less enemies who are out to destroy our society.
        For instance, I do not believe the use of weapons of mass destruction is going to guarantee our survival. I think mankind is very wrong to produce these things in order that these weapons can be used if ever our ‘survival’ should depend on using them.

  2. Not just Sunday but any Sabbath (Friday, Saturday, whatever day) should be celebrated by a day of rest and reflection. Without it, we seem to become detached from the existence in which we live. Thank you for the reminder.

  3. How are you?satan is running the show for this world but people are felling into his trap right?Time to reset our moral compass.

  4. Good one Peter. I just wished that there would be a notification each time you and Uta put up such good pieces. There is a way of doing that but as with all things to do with computing, it might be a bit tricky.
    I used to dislike Sundays because it all seemed so quiet and was always glad for a Monday to come around. I like ‘a day of rest’ but from memory in Holland the Sunday was a day of visiting friends and family. The streets were busy. Cafes were full and cinemas packed.
    Before we migrated to Australia some back in Holland warned us about the ‘dreaded English Sunday’ of ennui and boredom. We are used to it now and the Sundays are also full of people, at least here in Bowral where many from Sydney come and look at gardens and parks.
    As for the moral compass. Do we have this naturally or is it taught.?

    • Kant used to think moral laws are inborn. I’m not so sure and think we learn it, either taught to us by others or we pick it up along the way.

      On the other hand geneticists believe they have found the genes for altruism. Our moral behaviour helps others to survive and in the end it helps us to survive.

      Human beings are actually “herd animals” and the welfare of other members of the herd is important to us. But in modern times, since the industrial revolution, individualism has come to the forefront and it is each for him- or herself.

      Our Sundays, in Germany, were similar to your Sundays in Holland. They were truly days away from the normal weekday. People from Sydney like to drive to Bowral on weekends for the change of scenery.

  5. Beautiful blog peter. these days sunday streets are busy with people trying to make up for weekdays!

    I remember when I worked my sundays were more busy than weekdays 🙂

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