Readings for the Day:
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18: Zephaniah (like the prophet Amos in last week’s first reading) presents the day of the Lord as one of judgment and wrath. Descriptions of the last day in the New Testament include details taken from Old Testament accounts of the day of the Lord.
I Thessalonians 5:1-11: Though we do not know and cannot calculate the day of Christ’s return, we live faithfully in the here and now as we anticipate the day when we will be given eternal salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 25:14-30: Jesus tells a parable about his second coming, indicating that it is not sufficient merely to maintain things as they are. Those who await his return should make good use of the gifts that God has provided them.
‘From Sunday & Seasons, copyright 2023 Augsburg Fortress’
Questions To Ponder:
1— How are you silent before the Lord God? (Zephaniah 1:7)
2—What are some ways you try to ensure future ‘peace and security’ for yourself and your household? (I Thessalonians 5:3)
3—What would you do with the talents? Why? (Matthew 25:14-30)
4—How do these texts speak to you today?
Righteous God, our merciful master, you own the earth and all its people, and you give us all that we have. Inspire us to serve you with justice and wisdom, and prepare us for the joy of the day of your coming. Amen.