Sermon Introduction –
Sometimes days can go bad. Sometimes they can get worse. Sometimes they can get awful and miserable. This is not a sign of God’s absence. This is life. Responding to the difficult days is faith in action.
Introduction to our readings –
The end is near. There is no doubt about it. The warnings are dire. The tone of today’s texts is ominous. But the baptized know how to live in the meantime. The baptized are strengthened for the living of these days in word and sacrament. The baptized rally around the invitation of the apostle: “Do not be weary in doing what is right.”