The folks in the ancient city of Thessalonica became lazy: nothing more to do or not to do, because the Second Coming of Jesus was thought to be happening very soon. All they had to do was to sit back and wait. So Paul takes on this attitude in a reading for today, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13. But Jesus has already come…yet there will be another coming. It’s the tension between the “already” and the “not yet.” We explore these themes in these final two weeks when we enter the season of Advent: the time of longing for the coming of Jesus.
This is the Twelfth Sunday in Kingdomtide.
There are thirteen weeks in this final quarter of this year’s “Seasons of Grace,” the liturgical year revised according to the cycle of The Bible Through the Seasons. For a calendar of this whole year, together with ways to interpret the church year, visit the menu item “Seasons of Grace: Liturgical Calendar”. For next year, beginning with the First Sunday in Advent, check out “Seasons of Grace 2020”