1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 Reflection:
In today’s first reading Paul is really talking about behaviour in a group and how we should behave in our faith community, be that parish, family or religious community. The first point he mentions is that we should work and not be a burden on others. He goes on to say that he has behaved impeccably right and fair in his dealings with the people.
However, then he turns the focus from himself to his listeners and says that we should live a life worthy of our Christian calling. This seems a hard order but Paul gives the reason why the Thessalonians will be able to do such a task, and the reason is in their response to the preaching that they have heard:
“As you heard the message that we brought you as God’s message, you accepted it for what it really is, God’s message and not some human thinking; and it is still a living power among you who believe it.”
When we hear the word of God as God’s word then there comes with that, particularly when we respond to it correctly, the power to live the message. Grave is the gift of God to those who hear his word and keep it. When we are sincere in doing what God wants us to do then he will not be found wanting in generosity. When we are tempted and we ask God for help, if we listen to him and do what we are prompted then the temptation shall pass.
The problem is that so many of us ask God for help half-heartedly, all the while knowing that we are going to give in at the first sign of temptation. Think of how many times we have all decided to ask God to help us not to eat before the next meal, only to stop at the first shop we see and buy a bar of chocolate!
Did we really mean it when we asked for help?