Waiting with Eager Longing (Tues. Nov. 23)

The word of the day is “wait.”  In our reading of 1 Thessalonians 1: 6-10, Paul recalls that the Thessalonians had received the Gospel with joy as well as trials.  The Apostle thanks God that the Thessalonians have turned from idolatry to the service of God.  And they have learned “to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead…” (vs. 10). The virtue of waiting is a predominant theme in this Epistle.  Here at the beginning of his letter, the Apostle refers to the expectation of the return of Christ.  And at the end of the Epistle, St. Paul prays that “your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord…

Waiting with Eager Longing (Tues. Nov. 10)

The word of the day is “wait”  In our reading of 1 Thessalonians 1: 6-10, St. Paul recalls that the Thessalonians had received the Gospel with joy as well as trials.  The Apostle thanks God that the Thessalonians have turned from idolatry to the service of God.  And they have learned “to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead…” (vs. 10). The virtue of waiting is a predominant theme in this Epistle.  Here at the beginning of his letter, the Apostle refers to the expectation of the return of Christ.  And at the end of the Epistle, St. Paul prays that “your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our…