The Day of the Lord is Coming
The day of the Lord is coming. Lookout!!! Or Reach-Out?
(Reflection of the 33rd Sunday, 2016)
Three things (a) the day of the Lord is coming and he is coming to rule with justice (b) some of us are living in idleness, and (c) now is our opportunity to bear witness to God.
The day of the Lord is a day of upheaval. Why? Because things are not right in the world as we see in events in Syria, throughout the world, and even within the Church. The Day of the Lord is characterised by a pouring out of divine wrath on God’s enemies. This is a human way of saying those who have strayed from God will not be protected by him. And so, it involves the judgement we bring upon our self. On the other hand, the day is also characterised by a pouring out of divine blessing upon God’s people. The only thing we need to consider is whether we are in God’s grace, or not? All else is speculation.
What we need to worry about is the accusation that we are living in idleness. We all profess our faith in Jesus and all want to go to heaven, but are living by the spirit of the Gospel? We can all talk ourselves up, but are we walking the talk – are we living the message that we claim to be living? It's not a matter of being externally busy, or of coming to church for that matter. Its more. It’s a matter of doing what God wants. God wants that we work towards making our community a place of worship (we get a tick there just for being here!) and that we do good works within the community. Our parish misses that social outreach which is a part of discipleship and a function of this whole community, i.e. what we should be doing together to make Moora a more just society for all people.
That leads to the last point. Now is our opportunity to bear witness. People will only see Jesus if they see us being like him. And we need to do this together. Any good work will do to start with. The rest comes easily. We just need to do one thing to kick this off. If anyone has a passion for doing a work of God let me know, for the things I have suggested haven’t seemed to of interested anyone.
Three things. The day of the Lord is coming and he is coming to rule with justice; some of us are living in idleness; and now is our opportunity to bear witness to God.