Tuesday of week 22 in Ordinary Time
5:1-6 , 9-11 Reflection:
In today's first reading, Paul addresses that part of our makeup that wants to know everything, that sends us to fortune tellers and to read horoscopes in the newspapers. It is that part of us that wants to control the future and to be sure that nothing happens to us that is unexpected and that we have not control over.
“You will not be expecting us to write anything to you, brothers, about ‘times and seasons’, since you know very well that the Day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the night. It is when people are saying, ‘How quiet and peaceful it is’ that the worst suddenly happens, as suddenly as labour pains come on a pregnant woman; and there will be no way for anybody to evade it,” Paul tells us, reminding us that we should be ready at all times for the unexpected.
It has happened to us all: just when things are going well something takes place that throws our whole life into confusion. We get a phone call about the death of a relative or the sickness of a friend, perhaps we read in the paper that our company is closing.
Paul, however, tells us that we should not be surprised by these things. “It is not as if you live in the dark, my brothers, for that Day to overtake you like a thief. No, you are all sons of light and sons of the day: we do not belong to the night or to darkness, so we should not go on sleeping, as everyone else does, but stay wide awake and sober.”
As Christians we try to see God in everything that happens. Sometimes this is not easy, but with hindsight we learn that God is in all things and that even the worst of events can turn to the good if we trust him. But in the day to day living, long before hindsight kicks in, we have to depend on the grace of God to get us through. The grace is the immediate help, the emergency aid, which holds us together as we wait for God’s plan to unfold. Sometimes it is not an easy place to be, the death of a loved one or the onset of sickness takes a terrible toll. At times like this all we can do is suffer and wait. That is what Jesus had to do on the cross….but in the end His Father (an ours) came through, he did not leave him in the ground!