18th Nov 2017
The reading from Proverbs is a surprising choice, though it is a beautiful picture of a wife if we overlook the the servility of the woman that was part of the writer’s culture. It is a selection of verses from Proverbs chapter 31. It might remind us of last week’s first reading praising the lady Sophia (meaning wisdom). In the end we must realise the beauty in a person who loves God and show care and devotion to others.
The second reading addresses the anxiety the Thessalonians have about the end of the world – many Christians thought that it would be quite soon, but Paul wants to allay their fears – the phrase ‘like a thief in the night’ is just a way of saying that you don’t know when it will come. If they are good living people they should have nothing to fear.
The Gospel reading takes up the same message about being ready to meet the Lord when that time comes. It does make the point that we are all different in the talents that we have, but what matters is what we make of what we’ve got – we all must strive to make our own sphere of influence as good at we can.