St Gregory the Great | Tuesday 3 September

Today is Tuesday the 3 September, the feast of St Gregory the Great, in the twenty second week of Ordinary Time.  

The monks of the Abbey of Keur Moussa sing, Encore un peu de temps: “In a little while I will make heaven and earth tremble.  Then the One desired by all nations will appear.  I will fill this temple with glory and to this place I will bring peace.”  

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

Christian teaching is very clear. Life on this earth will come to an end. This is true of your own life, and of the lives of all living things. What is your first response when you take a moment to focus on that reality?  

Perhaps surprisingly, for St Paul, this is a source of hope. Only when this life comes to an end, will we be brought to live fully with Christ. What effect does hearing that thought have on you?  

As the passage is read again, listen for the note of shared encouragement that Paul ends on.   

However, Paul is clear, we don’t know exactly when this will happen. In the meantime, we live in the expectation of one day being called to be alongside God in this way. How might that expectation shape your life here and now? Speak with Jesus for a moment now about your own response to today’s challenging words.