Advent Reflection – 5

Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. (Matthew 24:42-44)

Some Christian groups concern themselves with trying to figure out when the “end of the world” will be; that is, when the return of Jesus Christ will be. Those groups of Christians seem to be mostly concerned with the literal physical return of Christ in the sky to the earth, as described in the book of Revelation. But, is that how it will happen? What if Christ’s return is an incremental return? What if what Jesus is speaking about in the Gospel of St. Matthew is the coming of Christ into our world through the fulfillment of our lives in Christ. What if he never meant that there will be a set day/time when Christ will return in the sky? We cannot know exactly. What we can have faith in is what our sacred scripture foretells us, that one day Christ will return and rule the earth. We cannot know how this will happen. We cannot know in what form it will happen. What we do know is that we should be mindful of living our lives as Christ calls us to live them, acknowledging it is only through God’s grace that we may strive to follow Christ as we are abled, and to always be open and awaiting Christ’s entrance into our lives and our world.

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