What a pair of readings! The Epistle is,in my opinion, one of the most abused and mis-used scriptures in all of religion, regardless of denomination! Why? Because the message that we need to keep our current problems in perspective is mis-interpreted to claim that we’re supposed to just sit there and put up with a bunch of stuff.
And wait till you hear the Gospel reading! It sounds almost like something you might see in a couple of parishes I experienced in the long-past! Did Jesus find the same thing in his day that I’ve seen more recently?