When is it time to panic? Jesus tells the Disciples several times that they should Beware: Beware false teachers, beware the leaven of the Pharisees, and beware the scribes. Jesus warns the disciples to beware of greed, beware of pride, and be ready for the end times. He also warns them about troubles and persecutions to come. All those warnings -- when is it time to panic?
Greta Thunberg, teen Swedish climate activist, has told world leaders in talking about climate change, "I don't want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day and then I want you to act." Can you imagine Jesus saying these words to his followers about the trouble and persecution to come? Maybe -- or maybe not. What does it mean to issue warning to beware and watch out and then to say, "Don't worry?" These apparently contradictory teachings are our worship focus on Sunday.