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How Much Do We Believe in a Second Coming?

Is it okay to pray that this signals the Second Coming? Does that scare anyone? Come Lord Jesus Come!

01. “For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they will deceive many” (Matthew 24:5). Hum, there are plenty of politicians and one in particular that seems to fit that bill. Check.

02. “You will hear of wars and reports of wars; see that you are not alarmed, for these things must happen, but it will not yet be the end. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom…” (Matthew 24:6-7). Indisputable, we live in a truly divided and dangerous world. Check.

03. “But understand this: there will be terrifying times in the last days. People will be self-centered and lovers of money, proud, haughty, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, irreligious, callous, implacable, slanderous, licentious, brutal, hating what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, as they make a pretense of religion but deny its power. Reject them” (2 Timothy 3:1-5). This defines the hedonism of contemporary society. Check.

04. “…there will be famines and earthquakes from place to place” (Matthew 24:7). Such events are also in the news. Check.

05. “I looked, and there was a pale green horse. Its rider was named Death, and Hades accompanied him. They were given authority over a quarter of the earth, to kill with sword, famine, and plague, and by means of the beasts of the earth” (Revelation 6:8). Does the coronavirus pandemic count as a plague? Check.

06. “When he broke open the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slaughtered because of the witness they bore to the word of God” (Revelation 6:9). The Church knows growing persecution by Communist China, a secular West and Islamic terrorism. The martyrs herald the birth of the Church and her final consummation in the Lord. Check.

07. “After the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken” (Matthew 24:29). “The stars in the sky fell to the earth like unripe figs shaken loose from the tree in a strong wind” (Revelation 6:13). Fires in the U.S, in the Amazon and now in Arizona have polluted the atmosphere and blocked the sun’s light. Recently, Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites were launched as a ring of stars in the night sky. This past October we experienced a Blood Moon. Now we have this conjunction of Jupiter and Saturday that was purportedly the Star of Bethlehem that announces the coming of the Messiah. Hum, check!

Virus or no virus, I think we had better seek out the sacrament of penance and reaffirm our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We know neither the day nor the hour. He will come like a thief in the night. Let us remain sober and awake, with lamps burning brightly, as sentinels for the Lord!

One Response

  1. Amen father Joe, we pray his will be fulfilled.
    His will on earth in full . The fullness of Christ’s glory revealed to all. The joy of his presence
    can only be unsurpassable. Thanks for your blog

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