Heavenly Lord,you long for the world's salvation:stir us from apathy,restrain us from excessand revive in us new hopethat all creation will one day be healedin Jesus Christ our Lord.
Gracious Lord,in this holy sacramentyou give substance to our hope:bring us at the lastto that fullness of life for which we long;through Jesus Christ our Saviour.
Old Testament Malachi 4: 1-2‘Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘Not a root or a branch will be left to them. But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.Epistle 2 Thessalonians 3: 6-13In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle anddisruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, labouring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.’ We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.Gospel Luke 21: 5-19Some of Jesus’ disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. ButJesus said, “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be throwndown.”“Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?” He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. And so you will bear testimony to me. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even byparents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. Butnot a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will win life.”