Today, we pronounce the gospel that Christ is risen and death’s reign is over.
We talk about the gospel according to Paul, and what it means to set our mind on the Spirit. We look at what it means to live, breathe, die, and trust God with everything.
Please forgive the recording issues – the recording for this homily starts about 1/4 of the way through.
We look at a rough passage that ultimately calls upon the church in Thessalonica to stand firm and hold tight to the traditions that they have been taught by Paul and his companions.
In the first chapter of this letter, Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy talk about how they must thank God for the growing love and faithfulness of the church in Thessalonica, and how they are confident that when Christ returns, their persecutors will be cleared out, and they will have a clear path to God.
At the end of this letter, with Paul prepared to die and Timothy his primary apprentice, the letter is focused on handing off the ministry from one who has finished the race to one who has a long time left to go. We find a call to look at our own vocations, where God is…