Monday 2 September 2019
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Psalm 95(96):1, 3-5, 11-13. Luke 4:16-30.
The Lord comes to judge the earth – Psalm 95(96):1, 3-5, 11-13.
‘He has sent me to bring the Good News’
In today’s readings we read of the Lord’s coming three times over. In Thessalonians we hear Paul write of the final coming of the Lord. He says should give us hope as he exhorts us to remind one another to look toward that day and to our sharing in his Resurrection. Second, we sing of God’s coming in the words of the Psalms. Here we find both God who comes to his people always in their daily life and also an expectation that he will come finally in time to judge his people with justice and equal care. Finally, in the Gospel we find that God has come, and we learn that his judgment is sweet. Though he is no pushover, Jesus declares that his coming is greater than judgment alone, but rather offers salvation. May we allow him to free us from our prisons and open our eyes.