August 25th, 2008
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This First Reading takes on special meaning for me because of recent
summer travel, i.e., my husband and I returned two nights ago from
time in Hungary and Turkey – the latter quite close to the
area where this Reading was written and to the population to which
it was addressed. I re-image the geography, the places, and the
people in a context of first century Christianity. I visualize the
Christians’ enduring faithfulness.
Christ’s message to us in the Gospel is quite forceful –
we have an obligation to 1) not be hypocrites in our behaviors,
2) to engage fully in our faith, 3) to not be obstacles to others
who are on their spiritual journey, and 4) to be most inclusive
and supportive of others as their engage in their faith journey.
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy observed these latter three traits in
the early Christian community at Thessalonia and praised them for
their faithfulness and their love and support of each other.
Let us each visualize how we might be a 21st century Thessalonian
in our individual lives around the globe in late summer 2008.
to the writer of this reflection.
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