As we approach the end of the liturgical year, today’s readings lead us to think about the passage of time and the world’s end. Though outwardly daunting, they provide hope for those who stay faithful to God’s love.
The prophet Malachi uses stark imagery to portray the fate of those who do not respect the Lord. But the ones who remain faithful to him will see the day coming as a time of joy and healing.
In the Gospel, Jesus predicts the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem but tells us not to fear wars, persecution, and natural disasters. While these things may seem like the end, they are not: he cautions us not to be deceived by those claiming that ‘the time has come. Even in difficulty, we are not to worry about what to say: the Spirit of Jesus will give us words and wisdom as we bear witness to Christ. By staying secure in God’s love for us, we will be held safe.
Paul presents himself as a model to the Thessalonian church, spreading the Good News and earning his keep. He stresses the importance of the whole community working for the good of all and not sitting around thinking about the future.
The Psalmist is confident of the Lord’s coming when justice will prevail. All creation is invited to join in the joyful proclamation of that coming.
This week, let us pray for trust and inner strength, keeping Christ at our side and responding to him in every moment of our daily life.
Joy and Peace.