As we all know my brothers and sisters in Christ; we are in the Holy Season of advent. This is the time of the year where we as Catholics meditate and prepare for the coming of Our Divine King; Jesus Christ.
The coming of Christ was foretold to Our Blessed Mother in the Gospel of Luke – 1:28, which states:
” 26 – And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth,
27 – To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
28 – And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 – Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be.
30 – And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.
31 – Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus.
32 – He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.
33 – And of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 – And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?
35 – And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
36 – And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren:
37 – Because no word shall be impossible with God.
38 – And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.”
As Mary was being informed on the first coming of Our Savior – Jesus Christ – by Saint Gabriel the Archangel; for whom she was to bare in her womb; the word made a Flesh (John 1:1-14) which makes her the new ark of the covenant; are we as Catholics prepared for the second coming of Our Divine King?
We profess in the ancient nicene creed of 325 A.D. At every Mass that
“He will come again to judge the living and the dead; and his kingdom will have no end”
Saint Gabriel has prophesied this same statement in the above scripture to Our Lady to share the good news that ” and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”
Let us humble ourselves like Mary Immaculate and be obedient to the will of God; for we never know when The Blessed Lord will return. For he will come like a thief in the night; whether that be through death or his coming in Glory itself in the last days.
During this season of advent; let us stay close to the sacrament of confession and receive the sacrament of the Eucharist worthily. Let us prepare for the coming of His Majesty; Our Divine King whom is to come; Jesus Christ.
“But wait; how are we to prepare for the coming of Our Lord?!”
My answer: it’s simple. Our Lord Jesus Christ stated in Luke 11:28 “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Well where do we hear the word of God?
That is through his Church which is the pillar and foundation of truth (1 Tim 3:15) that protects the ancient Christian Faith and has access to the sacraments that Christ has given his church for the salvation of our souls; especially the Holy sacrament of confession (John 20:21-23) through apostolic succession.
In conclusion; we prepare for the coming of Our Lord through a true act of contrition; which is a true sorrow for our sin since we have offended Our Lord; whom is all deserving of Our Love.
Saint Francis De Sales (1567 – 1622)
– ” Go to your confessor; open your heart to him; display to him all the recesses of your soul; take the advice that he will give you with the utmost humility and simplicity. For God, Who has an infinite love for obedience, frequently renders profitable the counsels we take from others, but especially from those who are the guides of our souls.”
St. Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul
“My daughter, just as you prepare in My presence, so also you make your confession before Me. The person of the priest is, for Me, only a screen. Never analyse what sort of a priest it is that I am making use of; open your soul in confession as you would to Me, and I will fill it with My light.”
Stay close to the sacraments my dear family in Christ; and may you have a blessed advent season. All Hail He whom is to come.
– Admin Christian