Posted by: fvbcdm | November 28, 2016

Feast of Saint James of the Marches (28 November 2016)

Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent, and therefore the first day of our new Church year. The word “advent” means “coming.” It is very important for us, spiritually, that we understand clearly what we are talking about and how Advent works. About 2000 years ago, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity came into our time, our world, our history, and our human race. We speak of that event as “the Incarnation—the Enfleshment of the Word.” He lived on this planet of ours for some 35 years. He preached; he founded his Church; he suffered, died, and rose again. He went to prepare a place for us. Since then, and until the end of time, the Church will celebrate the coming of Jesus at his birth in the past; she will do so by presenting the beautiful feast of Christmas to her children every year until the end of the world. So Jesus comes to us in this annual celebration of his holy birth. But the REAL reason for his incarnation in the past and our celebration of it in the present is that IN THE FUTURE, he will come at the end of our individual lives to take us with him into heaven. THAT is the definitive coming of Christ; that is the coming to which all Christianity looks forward, for which it waits.

During the holy season of Advent, we pray with special intensity: COME, LORD JESUS! Those are the words which should be on the lips and in the hearts of every Christian all our lives. Those are the last words of Sacred Scripture. And those are the words which should keep us always vigilant, always waiting for the return of our Master to ask of us an account of our lives. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This Message was composed some years ago.

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