THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
LIVING IN THE END TIMES - 22
November 29, 2015
1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2
gospel reading covers the same readings as the past three
days. which are about the second coming of Christ. We ended
the Church liturgical year yesterday, and we have began a
new liturgical year, starting on this first day of Advent.
We end, and we begin again. Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega,
the Beginning and the End. As we have looked to his second
coming, we now look to his first coming.
coming of Jesus the Messiah was prophesied by the Old Testament
prophets. One was Jeremiah. “The days are comingoracle
of the Lordwhen I will fulfill the promise I made in
the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days,
at that time, I will make a just shoot spring up fro David;
he shall do what is right and just in the land.” (Jer
33:14-15). Jesus would come to save his people. “In
those days Judah shall be saved and Jerusalem shall dwell
safely” (Jer 33:16a).
So now we look forward to the first coming of Jesus. He would
be born of a woman; he would go to the cross. Jesus humbled
himself and came as a human; Jesus humbled himself and accepted
death on a cross. Jesus has won for us our salvation. As we
look to the joy of the birth of Jesus, as we look to the glory
of the death of Jesus and his resurrection, as we look to
his return in glory, we live this life in him. We are in between
the two comings. So “strengthen your hearts, to be blameless
in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our
Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.” (1 Thes 3:13).