Pentecost +25 – Year A
1 Thessalonians 2:9-20
From whom have you been effectively orphaned?
Who do you long, with great eagerness, to see?
These direction-setting questions, mission-orienting queries, are as relevant today as they were in Paul's day. These are also questions that can be applied all along an election campaign, whether for secretary of a service organization or president of a small or large constituency.
What Paul is not catching here is that he is as orphaned from those he terms "Jews" as from those he knows as "Gentiles". His language further enhances his distance from those who do not see the world as he does.
What would you advise Paul about his blinders or decision to draw such a sharp distinction?
What would you then advise yourself regarding the separations and gatherednesses in your own life?