There are different kinds of transitions: Career, Education, Marital status. How you deal with transitions can make or break you. One of the most crucial transitions that is neglected is the Sunday-Monday Transition.
How do you transition from Church on Sunday to Life on Monday? Some may not even realise there is a transition at all. If there isn’t, something’s missing. What happens on Sunday should help you when the rubber hits the road on Monday.
No illustration of the Sunday-Monday Transition is better than the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10. Before the parable is given, a lawyer asks Jesus a question:
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
Notice the lawyer quoted the greatest commandments: Love God and Love Neighbour. These two components are inseparable. One cannot claim one and deny the other. Both go in tandem. Jesus then tells the parable and I will only focus on the first half:
Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.”
The road led down from the temple in Jerusalem to Jericho. A man, probably after worshipping in the temple, took that road to go home. But he was beaten up and left for dead. A priest came down the same road. Would he help the man? He didn’t. What went wrong?
This is the Sunday-Monday Transition. The priest was done with temple sacrifices and thus was not rushing off to his priestly duties. Maybe he was worried of defiling himself but that would not be a valid excuse as this was a fellow Jewish compatriot who needed help. Wouldn’t a priest know better?
The priest fulfilled the first part of the command – loving God by going to the temple. But utterly failed the second part – loving his neighbour. Remember that I said these two parts are inseparable. The priest’s failure to love his neighbour showed that his love for God was not real too. How we love God on Sunday should affect how we love our neighbour s on Monday.
Navigating this Sunday-Monday Transition requires humility to admit that we don’t love God as much as we claim. We need his help to love others too. How wmuch we love others is in direct propprtion to jow much we love God. May God open our eyes to our true state and bring us to love Him more so we can love others more.