With the advent of Advent on Sunday, we make the move in the lectionary from Year C to Year A. So, after journeying through Luke all year, this Sunday’s gospel reading comes from Matthew, Matt 24.36-44. This short section of text contains some important ideas and images, but we cannot make sense of them without locating it within the broader context of Jesus’ teaching in these two chapters (24 and 25).
But the central idea of interest in this passage Jesus’ teaching drawing a parallel between the time of his parousia, when he returns in royal presence to rule the earth, and the days of Noah. This parallel has popularly been interpreted as suggesting that the saved will be ‘taken away’, and others ‘left behind’—but this is not in fact what Jesus says!
Join James and Ian as they discuss the issues here. Full written discussion can be found in the earlier post here.