Our first reading lets us see that the mysteries of our Faith can be more clearly understood as time goes by. The First letter to the Thessalonians was the first book of the New Testament to be written. Paul wrote it in 50 A.D.
Before he left this world Jesus said, “In a little while you will see me again.” In this letter to the Romans Paul said he thought Our Lord’s words meant that the end of the world would come in his lifetime. Writing to these people in Thessalonica he said that those who lived a little longer would see the dead come out of their graves on the day of Our Lord’s return, but he was wrong.
The scholars who carefully examine ever sentence of the New Testament have reached agreement on when the individual books were written. They are in agreement that the last book to be written was the Second Letter of St. Peter. They say it was written a good while after Peter’s death by a leader in the group of Christians founded by St. Peter. Their careful study leads them to believe in was written around the year 130 A.D.
One matter the Second Letter of Peter deals with is peoples’ surprise over the world’s still going on when Jesus had said that the end would come soon. He reminds his readers that while to them a long time has past since Jesus said the end was coming soon, it was not a long time for Jesus. The writer explained that, “With the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day.”