Second Thessalonians 3:5
Brothers and Sisters,
We’re about to make it through the Summer months, the eclipse has past, and now the new academic year is nearly upon us. Many find the Autumn to be the busiest time of the year, others find it a welcome return to normalcy, and the students, of course, return to the academic life.
Whatever our station, faithfulness to the Faith is paramount to all changes and seasons in our life. Saint Paul famously preached: “Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). So, not only is Christ the stability of all history (from the beginning of time through the end) but specific to us, He is the one thing that endures through each of our own lives.
A popular celebrity or movie may be huge this year but forgotten by the year that follows, for example. Though things around us may change, Christ endures through these changes. Further, it is from our unwavering commitment to Christ that our lives find stability in an otherwise stormy world.
Consider Noah’s Ark from Genesis. The early Church saw the Ark as a prediction or a prophecy of what would become the Church. The stormy flood wreaked havoc on the world, but Noah and his family remained at peace in the safety of the Ark. This is something like how the Church is our stable ship that sails through an otherwise stormy world.
Day of peace or stress will come and go; happy times and sad likeness will run their course. Through all days of sickness or health, the Church’s marriage to Christ can become daily stronger through our Christian practices and good works.
In the new academic year, in the harvest season, in the upcoming months of Autumn, “may the LORD direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance (1 Thess. 3:5).
God be near,