“Kyrie elieson, Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy . . .”

Psalm 78:1-7Amos 5:18-24 I Thessalonians 4:13-18Matthew 25:1-13

1366-the-parable-of-the-wise-and-foolish-virgins-ingressWe have needed no help in recognizing the brokenness of our world. Sunday’s killings are tragically redundant. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that we used the phrase, “Sunday’s killings”? Of course, for those who are caught in the midst of such tragedy and loss we pray, Lord have mercy.

After news of another senseless evil we are confronted by the temptation to think that the way things are is the way things must be. But Christians are eschatological people. That means we really do hope. We hope for a future of God’s making that is different than our current experience. We may find it difficult to be optimistic but Jesus has conditioned us to hope.

Hope and optimism look alike only on the surface but the roots of Christian hope go deep. They are rooted in the resurrection of Jesus.

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.