By Fr. Felix (African Times Guest Writer)
The reading as it stands warns against any idea
that the Day of the Lord is imminent. Between
the two halves of the reading comes a passage,
omitted in our reading, about the Great Revolt
and the Man of Wickedness.
These are to precede the final triumph of Christ.
Other writings of the New Testament (and still
others of Judaism) foretell a period of the
triumph of evil, a time of testing for the
servants of God. ‘Prophets of doom’ have, over
the ages, pronounced this to be realised in one
particular phenomenon after another: the loss
of the Papal States, Nazism, Communism.
However, the triumph of Christ on the Day of the
Lord also is imaged in dramatic and cosmic
terms which it is now impossible to take
literally, the stars falling from heaven, the sun
going down at noon, etc. Shorn of its
apocalyptic imagery, the message of this Great
Revolt and Man of Wickedness foretells that for
Christ’s faithful there will be a time of dire evil
This need not necessarily be a single public
event, affecting all people at once. On a
personal level there surely is in every Christian’s
life a time of especially dire testing and
temptation, whether it be in family affairs,
sexual or business temptation, or loss of faith.
It is then that we need to stand firm and rely on
the traditions and the sure hope given by Christ