33th Sunday in Ordianry Time - Year A
THE DAY OF THE LORD
Jesus spoke of his return from heaven, implying that it would happen within the lifetimes of some of his listeners. Paul preached this and stirred audiences with the notion of a forthcoming cataclysm. The congregation at Thessalonica, Greece certainly took him literally. Many quit their jobs, anticipating the end of the world. This earned Christians a reputation for laziness.
Paul realized the error and wrote his first letter to warn his followers against panic. Even if the world--the Day of the Lord--should end suddenly, Christians must not worry. They are secure in their faith-relationship with Jesus. We will not be overcome unprepared. Still, we must be vigilant
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