Daily Homily, Monday of the 21st Week in OT
Today we begin to read St. Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, probably the earliest of Paul’s letters that we have. As such it would be the earliest written testimony about Jesus Christ and the early Christian faith, predating the gospels themselves. Paul speaks of the Gospel being preached in “power and the Holy Spirit,” of faith in a “living and true God and his Son from heaven, Jesus” whom God raised from the dead, who is to deliver us “from the coming wrath.”
This early “kerygma” or “proclamation” contains all of the elements of Paul’s preaching of the Faith. He is a witness, impelled by his belief in Christ to testify to the truth and to being others to salvation. Paul holds to this core of truth through all of the trials and tribulations he endures. Over and over again in his letters we hear him proclaim it loudly and clearly.
Faith in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, acknowledged and lived day by day with the hope of salvation promised in Christ as the ultimate reward – that was St. Paul’s life. May it be ours as well.