Mass Readings: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3a,14-17/Matthew 23:23-26

The End of the World

I read recently that there are signs of the end of the world coming: Bribery and corruption are common, children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book. In today’s first reading, St. Paul tells the Thessalonians not to believe such omens. He says, in effect, that it is Satan sending such lies, and they are all to be rejected.

But the world, of course, will come to an end, and the best response for that, says Paul, is to accept the love of truth so that we may be saved. This, after all, is what God wants more than anything from us: our salvation. So, as Paul says, let’s not be shaken out of our minds suddenly, or be alarmed. Let’s instead help each other live in love and truth the rest of our days.

Prayer: Lord, be with us every day until our return to Your loving arms.