Today’s Readings for the Daily Office
Psalm 18:1-20 (Morning)
Psalm 18:21-50 (Evening)
2 Pet. 3:11-18
God Is Coming
All three of our readings today speak of unheeded warnings.
In our Gospel reading, Jesus tells a parable of a landowner who repeatedly sends messengers to his tenants. They ignore the visitors’ warnings, killing each of them — even the landowner’s own son. Amos tells of how plagues of drought, disease, and warfare failed to turn Israel towards God. 2 Peter also warns that God is ready to come at any moment, “like a thief” and that “the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire.”
What to make of all this Apocalyptic language? Christians have been waiting 2,000 years for it to happened, and it hasn’t yet and almost certainly won’t in my lifetime. But while we wait for a long off second coming, we face the consequences of our relationship with God each and every day. Perhaps we overlook our own, private apocalypse of sorts every morning.
The message of these readings is clear if we think of them in this manner: don’t wait. I’m guilty of imagining that one day I’ll start being kinder to my neighbors, finding more ways to volunteer or engaging more in my spiritual growth — once work slows down, or I get a sleep schedule set, or maybe once I retire. Meanwhile, God isn’t waiting.
Written by Adam Call Roberts
Adam has been a parishioner of St. Paul’s since 2009. He attends with his 5-year-old son, Alex, and his fiancée, Jacey. He works as a journalist for 40/20 News.