Paul couldn’t put it more bluntly than he does in 1Thessalonians 4:1-8: “It is God’s will that you grow in
holiness.” When the Responsorial (Psalm 97) says, “Let the good rejoice in the Lord", it is taken for granted that the “good” are those who are trying to become better. To be in union with Jesus is to accept the goal of his coming to earth: “I came that they might have life, and have it to the...
In 1Thessalonians 2: 9-13 Paul holds himself up as an example and gives an exhortation to the Church: He
reminds them “how irreproachable our conduct was toward you” and how he “encouraged and pleaded” with them to imitate his example by lives “worthy of the God who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.” The Church is a fellowship — a “common unity” — of mutual support by example and prayer.