ISSL Reflections March 3 2024 Jude 17–25 Post 1

In this week’s Scripture, we are offered a contrast between “worldly people” and the “beloved.”

Read the passage paying attention to what you are told of the “worldly people.”

Reread the passage and take note of what you learn about the “beloved.”

Then read again the prayer that is offered in the concluding sentence.

Jude 17-25 (NRSVue)

But you, beloved, must remember the words previously spoken by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, for they said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, indulging their own ungodly lusts.” It is these worldly people, devoid of the Spirit, who are causing divisions. But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God; look forward to the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. And have mercy on some who are wavering; save others by snatching them out of the fire; and have mercy on still others with fear, hating even the tunic defiled by their bodies.

Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to make you stand without blemish in the presence of his glory with rejoicing, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

What in the description of the “worldly people” gives you the most concern?

Why is that?

Do you notice such a disposition in any people you encounter on a day to day basis?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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