Future Worship at the East.
Jesus tells a striking and challenging parable in which a widow pesters a judge until he issues a judgement in her favour. Jesus suggests that if an unjust judge would reward persistence, how much more will God respond to the needs of his faithful!
Jesus tells a parable about a Pharisee and a tax-collector that would have shocked his audience. He suggests that a tax-collector who humbles himself is made right with God, rather than a righteous Pharisee.
2 Thessalonians 1.1-4,11-12
The authors tell the Christians in Thessalonica that their love for each other and their faithfulness to God is something to boast about, and pray that God’s power will enable them to remain faithful to their calling.
2 Thessalonians 2.1-5,13-17
The Thessalonians have been shaken by a message that ‘the day of the Lord is already here’, so they are reminded of the good news. Jesus will return at the right time, and for now he is strengthening them in word and deed.
2 Thessalonians 3.6-13
Some of the assembly at Thessalonica have given up working for their living and have become ‘busybodies’. Paul says all should follow his example of being self-supporting, and those who refuse to work should not be admitted to the shared meals of the community.
On the cross, Jesus is mocked as a false messiah by Jewish leaders, Roman soldiers and one of the criminals dying beside him. He forgives those who are crucifying him and welcomes ‘the penitent thief’ into paradise.
Jesus tells his disciples that only the Father knows when the Son of Man will come suddenly to gather his elect. Therefore, they must ‘keep awake’ and ‘be ready’, because he is coming at ‘an unexpected hour’.
John the Baptist fulfills the role of Isaiah's prophetic voice, preparing for the Lord's coming. The preparation is repentance, and learning to 'bear good fruit' by depending only on God. When the Lord, the Messiah, comes, he will baptise with the Holy Spirit and fire.
John the Baptist sends his disciples to ask whether Jesus really is the promised Messiah. Jesus invites John to look at his words and deeds - they fulfil Isaiah's prophecies; and he affirms John as the messenger, foretold by Malachi, sent to prepare the way.