Being Church – Being Loved

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In 1 Thessalonians 2:17-20, we read about Paul’s deep love for the church at Thessalonica, which he had planted, but which he was unable to visit. Much as we are as a result of COVID, Paul was physically separated from his church, and he was really missing them. Paul expresses intense emotions about his parish – he felt ‘orphaned’, he felt ‘separated’, he felt ‘intense longing’ to see them and he ‘made every effort’ to visit.

Paul says that Satan was blocking his way from visiting. Today we should consider that Satan is blocking our ability to meet together, through the agency of the Coronavirus. This virus – a tiny thing – is blocking our ability to meet together.

But, says, Paul, he is separated ‘in person, not in thought’, that is, physically, but not psychologically, socially, emotionally or spiritually. We can and do remain connected to each other, through our relational bonds and through our common fellowship with Christ.

Throughout this passage, Paul shows the heart of a pastor, who loves his parish and longs to be present with them. And so, while we are physically separated from each other, let us remember that we have a pastor called Jesus Christ, who loves us and is in fact present among us through Holy Spirit, and that we are in fact connected with each other through the love of God.

Featured photo from St Stephens Anglican Church, Lyttleton, South Africa

8 thoughts on “Being Church – Being Loved

  1. pdhabbertongmailcom says:

    Thanks, Adrian – I shared this reflection with my parish today.



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  2. Gillian says:

    Thank you so much! I really enjoy listening to your sermons.
    Kind regards
    Gillian Hills

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  3. Marti says:

    Thank you Fr Adrian for the reminder today to all of us that although we might be a little scattered all over the place that we are still connected, loved and cherished and that this too shall pass.
    Blessings, Marti

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  4. Patricia Wethmar says:

    Thank you Father Adrian for your comforting and reassuring message. Stay week. Blessings to you Pat

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