A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
January 18, 2020
November 16, 2019
In St. Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians this week he is reminding the people of Thessalonica to recall the model that he and his followers set forth as they entered their town and preached the Good News of Jesus Christ. He spoke of how they worked hard, minding their own business, and going about the work they were sent to do.
He then points out to the people that he has heard that some among them are acting in a disorderly way “by not keeping busy but minding the business of others.” In his letter to this community he urges them to work quietly and eat their own food. Might he mean to mind their own business?
This is a lesson that remains relevant for all of us as Christians in today’s world. We too, ought to mind to our own business and not cause disruption. We too, are to be like St. Paul, a model disciple who is committed to the work of Christianity and kept busy living and sharing the Good News.
Humanity has a way of looking first at the actions of others before they turn their focus to themselves. It seems it is so clear to see disruption in another and less clear to see it in one’s self. Have you ever thought as someone was speaking of another person or a group of people that what the person speaking needs to do more than anything, is look in the mirror? Perhaps if they did, they might see their own short-comings and become more focused on improving and growing in wisdom and compassion, rather than finding fault with others.
If each of us as disciples of Jesus Christ, that which we are called to by our baptism, would use our time to look deeply into our own hearts and minds and keep busy with the task of becoming a better Christian, the world would be a better place. Self- reflection can be a gift for us and for others. Let us take time this week to examine our own thoughts and actions, to face with honesty that which needs to be improved. Let us pray, asking Jesus to walk with us, to strengthen our resolve to be more like him, that we might become Christians committed to sharing his love in this world.