Caravaggio “Christ in the Garden” 1604-05 Oil on canvas, 154 x 222 cm
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Thursday, October 4, 2012
1 Thessalonians 5
Watch and be sober—two imperatives in Paul’s admonition today. The Greek root of the word for “watch” is egeiro, whence comes the name, Gregory. The image recalls the security guards of old who stayed up for three hours at a time during a night watch, making sure that no enemies would sneak across the boundary. The root means “to gather together” the senses into a wakeful whole. The notion is linked with being sober, the absence of which shatters and scatters the focus and attention needed to live the realities of the final words of Paul in this letter.
Listen carefully. Is the Spirit sweetly convicting you of anything? The Lord gives you the gift of discernment. Treasure it. Watch and be sober.
The Reading for Today
This is the fifth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year B.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
In this season we read 1 & 2 Thessalonians and Revelations 4—10:18