Readings for 26th Sunday after Pentecost
Luke 21:5-28; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Malachi 4:1-6
As I write this message our country is just hours away from electing its next president. This has been the most contentious, divisive and EXHAUSTING election in recent memory, and many voters were left feeling like they had no good options. Sunday’s Gospel reading comes at the perfect time. “Straighten up, and raise your heads!” says Jesus, “because your redemption is drawing near!” (Luke 21)
All three of Sunday’s readings give us reason to lift up our heads and look beyond this present moment. In doing so, we see that God still sits upon His throne as King and His gracious plans for us will not be derailed. Saint Paul warns in our epistle reading against the sin of idleness. Apathy is a common response in times of stress and uncertainty. People become cynical, full-time grumblers which doesn’t do any good for anyone. “Do not grow weary of doing good!” Paul urges (2 Thess 3).
The Old Testament reading points us ahead to the Last Day and the return of Christ. This will be a day for setting right all that has been wrong for so long. The arrogant and evildoers will be judged; those who trusted in Christ will be bathed in the sunlight of his righteousness and healed of their wounds (Mal 4). What more reason do we need to keep our heads up on this election day?