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Permanence in the Newness of Christ

[Malachi 4:1-2; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13; Luke 21:5-19] I think it is true to say that there is quite a lot of anxiety around these days fueled partly by worries over climate change, the political and economic future of our country and other uncertainties magnified in our news bulletins as well as our more personal worries. Our readings today fit well with our prevailing concerns and cause us to consider what is actually temporary and where true permanence lies. The week before last I went to Paris on my own for two days, or, to be precise 2 nights, one full day and two half days on either side. I have retained two main images from this visit which I hope will serve to illuminate today’s the