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2nd Sunday before Advent November 13, 2007

Posted by Andy in lectionary, theology.
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Here come the readings for the 2nd Sunday before Advent.

There are a lot of things to be said about this text, and I hope to be able to say a number of them this week. My first thoughts are that the difference between this and the tenor of Amos – look at the shocking things of the world and examine your own heart – is striking. Whilst it looks like Jesus may be correcting Amos, I think we could see that they are complementary. Amos warns us against complacency (as does the Thessalonians text, in its way) and religious self-centredness; Jesus tells us not to fear.

Both tell us not to fear. It is only someone completely free from fear that can repent of their sins. The alternative to a forgiving God is too awful to contemplate.

Other than that, I notice there is lots about the name of God in here. Something to think more about later maybe. I might even manage a translation of some of this Greek. The Luke text is surprisingly easy, but I was struggling with bits of the Thessalonians bit.


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