Jesus continues pronouncing woes on the scribes and Pharisees in today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 23. For the first reading, we’re back in 2 Thessalonians, where St. Paul issues a warning.
“We ask you with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling with him, not to be shaken out of your minds suddenly, or to be alarmed either by a “spirit,” or by an oral statement, or by a letter allegedly from us to the effect that the day of the Lord is at hand. Let no one deceive you in any way.”
People have been predicting the Lord’s return since He ascended into heaven. So far they’ve all been wrong. Could it be today? Yep. Could it be 10,000 years from now? Yep. The key for us is to put no stock in the predictions. We need only put our trust in Christ, who promised that He will, indeed, come back.
Father, help us to be prepared for Jesus’ return, be it today or any other time. Amen.
I appreciate your prayers as I continue my silent retreat this week. Know that I am praying for you. (Silently, of course!)