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Advent: What are [we] waiting for?
Episcoblog ^ | 12/02/2006 | Bp. Leo Michael

Posted on 12/03/2006 7:39:28 AM PST by sionnsar

My pastoral duties kept me away from blogging for some time. Glad to be back on the eve of the Holy Season of Advent. Adventus Redemptoris is the "coming of the Saviour." He has already come through His incarnation as the word made flesh, who dwelt among us. He will come again in glory to judge the quick and the dead. Matthew 24:36 following puts this very directly.

No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

If so as His faithful stewards we are expected to be watchful and tending to his flock.

"Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, 'My master is staying away a long time,' and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth

The season of Advent is a call to remind ourselves of our eternal nature than the fleeting temporal nature. Somehow we are sensitive to God's presence only when we are surrounded by danger and difficulty. That is a nature of servants who are hired and it's typical that they would fool around while their master is away. But those who love the Lord, need not be afraid, for their faithfulness to Him at all times, will find them serving and waiting on Him. Advent is a great time to pray and remind ourselves of the grave responsibility of tending to His flock and reminding ourselves of things that are eternal.

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1 posted on 12/03/2006 7:39:31 AM PST by sionnsar
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2 posted on 12/03/2006 7:40:10 AM PST by sionnsar (?|Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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"He will come again in glory to judge the quick and the dead."

Not only those, but most of all the good, the bad and the ugly.

3 posted on 12/03/2006 7:46:50 AM PST by 353FMG (I never met a liberal I didn't dislike.)
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