Text: Hanna-Maria Jurmu
Translation: Sirkka-Liisa Leinonen
Only some of the days in our unique and valuable lives are ”holy days”. For most of our lives we toil away at our daily tasks and duties. We work hard from day to day and especially hard before a holiday, so that we can then fully enjoy and appreciate the freedom from labor. Slaving away, I would call it!
Each of us probably ponders at some stage of their life why we work as hard as we do. What amount of work is good and necessary? What is my real goal if I work all the time? Could I have other values apart from working constantly and trying to earn as much money as I can?
The Catechism explains the meaning of the third commandment, ”Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day”, like this: ”God has given us both work and rest. Rest also includes things other than sleep and bodily rest. Pausing before God is the deepest meaning of the day of rest.”
”Pausing before God”, says the Catechism. The secular world pauses before a number of things, but less and less often before God. It is important to think about oneself and one’s personal life and to ponder about the things that make one pause. It is important to pause before God on both weekdays and holidays.
House owners usually have a lot of chores. Last spring we spent some time working on our firewood supply. We worked hard and were satisfied with ourselves when we began the day’s firewood project right after the working hours. We just changed into our working clothes and started chopping and stacking wood. And we did that on many, many days in a row.
The work did not seem overwhelmingly mundane. It was monotonous in a nice way, but one also had to keep an eye on the growing stack to keep it straight. The weather was nice with a whiff of spring in the air. Seagulls were squealing in the sky, taking my thoughts to far-away markets at the sea coast…
Ordinary daily chores are always part of our life. Some people find them so self-evident that they tackle them without even thinking or making any special effort. Some others find them challenging and require a moment of internal talking-to and encouragement to grapple with them.
Everybody can define their personal requirements for weekly cleaning or spring cleaning. (One is completely free to choose the way to remove the cobwebs in the corner. One can do it properly as part of the big spring-cleaning day or just swipe at them with a cloth in passing. Or just leave them be.)
It is actually quite festive and almost holy to see how someone takes care of their house plants or garden. Or plans their choice of knitting wool for a pattern. Or prepares a meal. Or organizes their hand tools on a rack in their shed. Or puts a plaster on a scratch in a child’s knee. Although we have six weekdays and then only one ”holy day”, the six weekdays can be full of things with a touch of holiness. Such as the flight and squeal of a gull.
Reilut kymmenen vuotta sitten julkisiin rakennuksiin alkoi ilmestyä kansioita, joissa luki ”pelastussuunnitelma”. Monien kirkkojen sakasteissa tämä antoi aiheen huumorille ja erilaisille toteamuksille: ”Viimeinkin pelastussuunnitelma on tiiviissä paketissa niin pappien kuin seurakuntalaisten saatavilla”. Joku puolestaan pohti: ”Eikö Raamattu enää riitäkään pelastussuunnitelmaksi, kun apua pitää kysyä viranomaisilta?” Rakennusten turvallisuuteen liittyvä ohjeistus muistutti siitä, että kirkko on Jumalan pelastussuunnitelman eli sielujen pelastamisen asialla.
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