" 'But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
"Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.
"It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
"Watch, therefore; you do not know when the lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
"May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
"What I say to you, I say to all: "Watch!" ' "
As I said last week, we've been on standby alert for about two millennia. (November 23, 2014)
There's plenty to keep us busy while we wait. One of our jobs is making "disciples of all nations," and passing along ethical standards our Lord gave us. (Matthew 28:18-20)
The basics are simple: love God, love our neighbors, see everyone as our neighbor, and treat others as we'd like to be treated. (Matthew 5:43-44, 7:12, 22:36-40, Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31 10:25-27, 29-37; Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1789)
I think one reason the job is taking so long is that we're expected to live as if "respecting the transcendent dignity of man" matters. That starts inside each of us, with an ongoing "inner conversion." (Catechism, 1888, 1928-1942)
It's not easy. Humans, like all creatures, are basically good. But our first parents decided to ignore God's will. We've been dealing with consequences of that choice ever since. (Catechism, 385, 388-390, 397-409)
God did not abandon us, though. After we lost harmony within ourselves and with the universe, God kept calling us back. (Genesis 3:15; Catechism, 410-412)
It's been a long wait: and that's another topic. (February 23, 2014)
"In the fullness of time," about two thousand years ago, the Word became one of us, grew up, and was executed. We're celebrating because our Lord didn't stay dead: and because God wants to adopt us. (John 1:1-5, 19:17-42, 20:17; Galatians 4:4-5)
During Advent, we remember when our Lord first came, and look forward to the Savior's return: whenever that will be. (Catechism, 524, 673, 1040, 2772)
In the meantime, like I said, we have work to do.
- "Victory and Standing Orders"
(November 23, 2014)
- " 'In the Beginning:' a Continuing Story"
(December 22, 2013)
- " 'Blessed are You Who Believed' "
(December 21, 2011)
- "First Sunday of Advent, 2011: Joy, Peace, Love, and a Dog Named Rollo"
(Guest post) (November 27, 2011)
- "God Knows, I Don't: And That's Okay"
(November 14, 2010)