After the Epiphany: “The Present Form of This World Is Coming to Nothing”

1 Corinthians 7:29-31

7:29 I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none,
7:30 and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions,
7:31 and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

“The time has grown short for us to do that to which we were called, which is to proclaim Jesus Christ, and him crucified, and to devote ourselves to Christian love, agape. This urgency can give us a healthy dissatisfaction with those structures of the world that hinder God’s coming reign, and spur us to devote ourselves wholeheartedly to changing those structures as a part of our participation in God’s work in the world.”

Ruthanna B Hooke, Feasting on the Word Commentary, Year B, Volume 1

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