All religions set aside one day of the week as a holy day, a day of prayer, but they have not all chosen the same day: for Christians it is Sunday, for Jews, Saturday, for Muslims, Friday, and so on. But is there any real difference between the days of the week? No, none at all. Every day is sacred; every day is divine.
Friday is the day for doing good; Saturday is the day for doing good; Sunday is the day for doing good. In the Universal White Brotherhood every day must be sacred. Otherwise just look what happens: for six days in a row men and women break the law and on the seventh they go to church and wash away the wrongs of the week!
‘Church’ is the whole of creation where we are all day, every day
But you cannot purify yourself in just one day; you need the whole week for that. You believe that it is enough if you think of God one day in the week; the rest of the week you have no time to remember him because you are too busy fighting and cheating others and sleeping with their wives. But that is grotesque! It is hypocrisy, a living lie! What is important is how you live those six days of the week.
When the new religion comes you will find it very inadequate to devote a few hours or a single day of the week to praying and going to church. We must be in God’s church all day and every day, for God’s church is the whole of creation.
In the new religion people will want to be mystical seven days a week
Of course, I realize that we cannot ask too much of human beings; they are still too coarse and stubborn. Many people think that even one day is too much! But in the new religion people will want to be mystical seven days a week; they will want to be pure seven days a week; they will want to pray and think good thoughts seven days a week—and then seven more days—and so on, for the rest of their lives.
Church can be the open-air, out of doors; for the whole of nature is a church
What do you do when you are here at the Bonfin? Here every day is Sunday—or Saturday or Friday, if you prefer—and you spend every day `in church’. `What church?’ you ask, `I cannot see any church.’ The church can be the open-air, out of doors; for the whole of nature is a church, but first and foremost the church is an inner reality. It is within yourselves.
Remember what Jesus said to the Samaritan woman at the well. She had said, ‘Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.’ And Jesus replied, ‘Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. … God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov,
The Bonfin, August 25, 1965
To be continued…
Complete Works Volume 26. A New Dawn, Book 2
Chapter 2, section II, The True Religion of Christ