This coming Sunday's lectionary readings speak to us about hope -- the hope that God's saving power reaches into the future as well as into the present. That is the theme of all the Old Testament readings -- the seemingly hopeless nonetheless holding on to the hope of God's saving action. In the 2 Thessalonians reading, Paul -- a Paul whom one assumes is pondering his own mortality as he languishes in prison -- rather poignantly hopes that the Christian community he's nurtured will continue in the truth in his absence. And in our Gospel reading Jesus challenges his challengers to think beyond the cramped parameters of their religious and social traditions and imagine a God much bigger than the letter of their law.
So much to ponder in the lessons this week! Please share your thoughts here.