Sunday: 17th November, 2019

2 Thessalonians 2:11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.

When Jesus was taken to Jerusalem at the age of twelve and got lost(Luke 2:41ff), He gave a response to his desperate parents who had been looking for him for three days ‘did you not know that I must be occupied with my father’s business?’. In other words, did you not know that I would be busy in my father’s house? Out pops the word ‘busy’.

A busy person is task focused and fully oriented towards obtaining specific results. Therefore, they are actively involved with the duty at hand- that is being busy. Busybodies on the other hand have no specific aims- they are involved in everything but still get little done. They constantly interfere in the affairs of everyone else thinking only they know best. Consequently, in their attempt to show off and get everything done, they get nothing done.

Today, Saint Paul juxtaposes ‘busybody’ with busy and clearly indicates a preference for the latter. Bringing this back home, we can draw on the above characteristics to clearly assess and answer this question: in the house of God or in whatever setting we find ourselves, do you get busy or do we become a busybodies?


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