|Judgement Day - Victor Vasnetsov|
- Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 and Psalm 78:1-7 •
- Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16 or Amos 5:18-24 and Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20 or Psalm 70 •
- 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 •
- Matthew 25:1-13
|William Blake -- Wise and Foolish Virgins|
The 'faith' of the Thessalonians, which Paul meant to reinforce, lay in the belief that Jesus is the focal point of the meaning and purpose of the whole creation. His Cross and Resurrection demonstrate this. So that is where their hope did, and where it should, lie. Still, they also needed wisdom to prepare properly for the implications of this truth -- and they could foolishly fail to do so. Christians can hope, contra Amos, that the 'Day of the Lord' is indeed a day of light. Nevertheless, we can treat this hope carelessly or causally, and like the 'foolish virgins', find ourselves when the moment comes, excluded from the light and left in darkness.