Monday 2 September

Today is Monday the 2 September, in the twenty second week of Ordinary time.  

The community of Taizé sing, “We believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.”  

Today’s reading is from St Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians.  

You’ve just heard part of one of St Paul’s first letters, written maybe only twenty years after the death and resurrection of Jesus. The people Paul is writing to seem to have thought that Jesus was coming again very soon. When he did, he’d take them all to be with him in heaven.  But now some of them have died. Paul is writing to reassure them. What do you make of his claim that all of us, living and dead, will eventually be led together into God’s presence?  

Paul suggests that he is writing this so that the people who hear his words “may not grieve as others do who have no hope”. But it’s natural for grieve when people you love die, and you know that you won’t see them again here and now. What does Christian hope offer you in that situation?  

Paul invites us to “encourage one another with these words”. Do you know someone who might benefit from this kind of encouragement at the moment?  

As you listen again, try to picture the scene Paul describes, of what it will be like when Jesus returns to take us with him.  

Speak to God now of your own dreams and hopes, fears and doubts, about what might lie in store after death.