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Good deeds on the Sabbath

Mon­day. [Rom. 12:4–5, 15–21; Matt. 12:9–13] It is law­ful to do well on the sab­bath days. This is what the said Lord after heal­ing a man with a with­ered hand in the syn­a­gogue on the Sab­bath day as a reproach to the Phar­isees, who took the command?ment about the Sab­bath rest so far that they even mea­sured the num?ber of steps they could make on that day. But since it is not pos­si­ble to do good deeds with­out move­ment, they would soon­er agree to neglect good deeds than to allow any extra move?ment. The Sav­iour denounced them for this time and again, because the Sab­bath required rest from world­ly cares and not from deeds of piety and broth­er­ly love. In Chris­tian­i­ty instead of the Sab­bath day, Sun­day is cel­e­brat­ed with the same goal —rest from all world­ly affairs and de?votion of that day sole­ly to deeds of God. Chris­t­ian good sense nev­er reached the phar­i­sa­ic pet­ti­ness con?cerning not doing things on Sun­day; but nev­er­the­less the per­mis­si­ble al?lowance for doing things on this day has been set far beyond the prop­er lim­its. Not doing things alien­at­ed the Phar­isees from doing good deeds, where­as the things which Chris­tians allow them­selves are what lead them away from good deeds. On the evening before Sun?day they go to the the­atre, then some oth­er enter­tain­ment as well. In the morn­ing they over­sleep and there is no time to go to church. There are sev­er­al vis­its, lunch, and in the evening again enter­tain­ment. Thus all time is rel­e­gat­ed to the bel?ly and pleas­ing the oth­er sens­es, there is no time to even remem­ber God and good deeds.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse