That’s what this Sunday lectionary lessons are all about. It’s not quite Advent yet, but we’re beginning to hear about “the end of days.” Malachi talks of God’s ultimate condemnation of the wicked and vindication of the righteous. The 2 Thessalonians reading warns about idleness and its attendant ills — perhaps because members of that community, expecting an imminent Second Coming, were so heavenly minded that they became no earthly good? — and encourages members of the faith community to perservere in good works and strive for self-sufficiency. In the Gospel lesson Jesus, while cautioning his followers against false Messiahs and premature reports of the end, talks about its coming, and reassures them that they will be able to endure what persecutions lie ahead.
What will you be preaching/praying about this coming week? And how do you tackle the eschatological themes in these lessons in the face of pop Christianity’s sometimes excessive fascination with the topic? Feel free to share your ideas and questions!