There is one thing, my friends, that you must never forget: that with the Lord, ‘a day’ can mean a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord is not being slow to carry out his promises, as anybody else might be called slow; but he is being patient with you all, wanting nobody to be lost and everybody to be brought to change his ways. The Day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then with a roar the sky will vanish, the elements will catch fire and fall apart, the earth and all that it contains will be burnt up.
Since everything is coming to an end like this, you should be living holy and saintly lives while you wait and long for the Day of God to come, when the sky will dissolve in flames and the elements melt in the heat. What we are waiting for is what he promised: the new heavens and new earth, the place where righteousness will be at home. So then, my friends, while you are waiting, do your best to live lives without spot or stain so that he will find you at peace.
Second reading for Second Sunday of Advent
2 Peter 3:8-14
A day can mean a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day…
In other words says Peter, let us not look today or tomorrow or the day after for fresh proof that the Lord is good and is fulfilling his promises. We are to walk by faith and walk in hope.
There are and will be moments where we find reassurance of the Lord’s present care for us and the gift of consolation and salvation even now.
But there will surely be other days where there are no signs, when the heavens look firmly closed, and the Lord far away and unhearing, unresponsive. On those days faith may seem less like a gift we receive from God, but a gift we offer to God.
And on those days especially, as we strive to do our best, living holy and saintly lives’ finding in the consolation of that a foretaste of that infinitely more that God will offer to us…
Photograph of Unemployed Man by Gordon Herickx and Bag #9 by Gavin Turk. New Art Gallery, Walsall. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.