Sorry folks! The reflection I blogged for Tuesday September 1, was actually for Wednesday September 2. So, today my reflection will be for Tuesday Sept 1, 2009
Tuesday September 1, 2009 of the 22ND week of ordinary time
Readings 1Thessalonians 5: 1-6, 9-11 Psalm 27 Luke 4: 31-37
psalm Response: " I believe i shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living".
Paul had just written to them of the end times. In his previous letter, Paul inferred the end was immanent.
Today's passage encourages them not to expect god soon, but to always be prepared. For, no one has any idea of the day or the hour, so, it's best to always be prepared, sinless.
By doing what is taught by Paul, they will be ready, whenever,in God's time,the end comes.
In our day, there are only a few who predict, with certainty, the end of the world. They've all been wrong so far!They usually don't ask their adherents to confess their sins and repent. Their clarion call is to be "saved" insinuating when it comes they'll be caught up into the air.
DON'T BUY IT! It is not by Faith alone!
In the Gospels Jesus is recorded as preferring DOING stuff for others. Feeding, clothing, housing, praying for others are His ways of being prepared!
( Matthew 5: 1-12; 17-19; 7:12;21-27; 25: 31-46)
The psalmist realizes the importance of worship and praise of God. Not that He needs it but because we have need of it. The ancients didn't have TV, Movies or other diversions so they studied His word. We don't spend much of our time on the most important of our obligations. God urges our commitment in His direction.
Luke's version of the exorcism of the demon in Jesus' hometown, emphasizes His authoritarian way of excising. Even the demons are His creation so they have no alternative but to ultimately obey.
We are emphatically His creation. Our response to His call should be whole-hearted and immediate!