Friends in Christ, our readings for Sunday are as follows: Matthew 25:14-30; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Zephaniah 1:7-16; Psalm 90:1-12.
Once again the readings focus on the return of Christ on the Last Day. And again, like last week, we see that this Day will be good news for some and bad news for others. For those caught up in violence, fraud, and other ungodly behaviors the Lord’s coming will be a day of terrible darkness (Zeph 1). For the “children of light” who are found wearing the armor of faith, love, and hope, it will be a joyful day of liberation (1 Thess 5). The psalmist reminds us that God has numbered our days on earth (Ps 90). And the parable of the talents shows us the stark difference between one who cheerfully manages what God has entrusted to him and one who resents God’s claim on him and all that he has (Matt 25).
Remember who you are. You are a child of the Light. Christ died for you so that you might live with him in the age to come. And one day – it could be any day now – you will be called to enter the joy of your master. Until then, stay alert and make wise use of the time you’ve been given. Peace in Christ!