It’s pretty obvious in today’s first reading that the Thessalonians asked Saint Paul to mediate problems that had arisen in that community. In a blunt response Paul refused to get involved in such trivial matters and reminded them that they simply needed to live in the way that brothers and sisters in Christ should.
Brothers and sisters:
On the subject of fraternal charity
you have no need for anyone to write you,
for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.
Indeed, you do this for all the brothers throughout Macedonia.
Nevertheless we urge you, brothers and sisters, to progress even more,
and to aspire to live a tranquil life,
to mind your own affairs,
and to work with your own hands,
as we instructed you.
Paul’s advice is perhaps more salient today than in the first century. Are we not called to live a tranquil life, mind our own affairs and make a living with honest work?