Malachi 3:19-20; Psalm 98:5-9; II Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19
In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus reminds His disciples of the difficulties they will encounter along the bumpy road of life. He speaks of “wars and tumults,” of “nation rising against nation,” of “great earthquakes,” of “famines and pestilences,” of “terrors,” of “betrayals and persecutions.” In Jesus’ own words…
“Not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance, you will gain your lives” (Lk. 21:18-19).
The beautiful Good News of the Gospel is that while God loves us in an infinite number of ways, He never loves us more clearly, more beautifully, than when we’re hurting. We can’t explain it, but it’s part of the Gospel — part of the Good News.
In Albert Camus’ novel, “The Fall,” there is a devastating scene in which a respected lawyer, walking in the streets of Amsterdam, hears a cry in the night. He realizes a woman has fallen or been pushed into the canal and is crying for help. Then the thoughts come…
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