come, lord jesus, today!
"Be on guard, therefore. The Son of Man will come when you least expect Him." —Luke 12:40
When we expect the world to end and Jesus to come back at any time, we are:
- on guard against the evil one (see Lk 12:40; 1 Pt 5:8),
- trying to be "faithful, farsighted" stewards for the Lord (Lk 12:42),
- busy (Lk 12:43) showing our love for Jesus by feeding His sheep, that is, His people (see Jn 21:15-17; Lk 12:42),
- loving others rather than hurting them (see Lk 12:45), and
- more likely to fight temptations and compulsions (see Lk 12:45).
When we expect Jesus to come back today, we live today probably much more faithfully than we would have otherwise.
Therefore, lift up your eyes to "see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with great power and glory" (Lk 21:27). Proclaim at Mass and throughout the day: "Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again." Shout with the Christians of all times: "Maranatha!" ("Come, Lord Jesus!") (1 Cor 16:22; Rv 22:20) "See, He comes amid the clouds! Every eye shall see Him, even those who pierced Him" (Rv 1:7). Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!
Prayer: Jesus, as soon as possible "come again in glory to judge the living and the dead" (Nicene Creed).
Promise: "More will be asked of a man to whom more has been entrusted." —Lk 12:48
Praise: The Horton family surrounded their dying grandmother with rosaries, prayer, confidence, and peace as she received the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick hours before her death. "Happy now are the dead who die in the Lord" (Rv 14:13).
Reference: (Advent is approaching. Observe Advent by reading the book of Isaiah. You may wish to order our leaflet, An Isaiah Advent, and our Simple Reading Guide to the Prophetic Books.)
Nihil Obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, April 4, 1998
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 8, 1998