THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
PREPARING FOR THE END - 2
2 Thessalonians 3:7-12
We are in the end times. This is a prod to the urgency of
the work of evangelization and mission. The end will come,
possibly with destruction of the world. “All that you
see here--the days will come when there will not be left a
stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”
(Lk 21:6). That day will also be the end for evildoers. “For
the day is coming, blazing like an over, when all the arrogant
and all evildoers will be stubble” (Mal 3:19a).
will the end be? What are the signs of the end? It will be
as Jesus has said. There will be a proliferation of false
prophets. “See that you not be deceived, for many will
come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The
time has come.’ Do not follow them!” (Lk 21:8).
There will be “wars and insurrections” (Lk 21:9a).
“There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues
from place to place” (Lk 21:11a). There will be persecutions
(Lk 21:12). There will be betrayal by relatives and friends
(Lk 21:16). “You will be hated by all because of my
name” (Lk 21:17a).
all these, we are to look to the good that these terrible
events will bring. Persecution will provide us opportunities
to testify to Jesus, as they “will lead to your giving
testimony.” (Lk 21:13). And such testimony under persecution
will give us the privilege of Jesus acting in and through
us. “Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand,
for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all
your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.”
(Lk 21:14-15). Further, in the midst of injustice and suffering,
we will be vindicated, healed and given victory over our enemies.
“But for you who fear my name, the sun of justice will
arise with healing in its wings; and you will go out leaping
like calves from the stall and tread down the wicked; they
will become like dust under the soles of your feet, on the
day when I take action, says the Lord of hosts.” (Mal
3:20-21). In fact, “not a hair on your head will be
destroyed.” (Lk 21:18). Finally, as we endure, we will
merit our salvation. “By your perseverance you will
secure your lives.” (Lk 21:19).
end times is not a time to be idle. It is such that “if
anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat.”
(2 Thes 3:10b). It is also not a time to be busybodies, but
to focus. It is not time to be “conducting themselves
among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding
the business of others.” (2 Thes 3:11). Rather, given
the urgency of the times, we must work hard. “On the
contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked”
(2 Thes 3:8b). Such hard work is to be the model. “For
you know how one must imitate us” (2 Thes 3:7a). Further,
“we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you,
so that you might imitate us.” (2 Thes 3:9b). What is
to be imitated is working zealously for the gospel.
are not to fear the end. We are actually to look forward to
it. That is, if we do our work of evangelization and help
prepare people for the return of the Lord. And when Jesus
does return, “let the rivers clap their hands, the mountains
shout with them for joy, before the Lord who comes, who comes
to govern the earth, to govern the world with justice and
the peoples with fairness.” (Ps 98:8-9).