THE SON OF MAN IS COMING AT AN HOUR YOU DO NOT EXPECT

THE SON OF MAN IS COMING AT AN HOUR YOU DO NOT EXPECT

By Fr. Felix (African Times Guest Writer)

It is clear from the letters of Paul that the first

generation of Christians had a vivid awareness

of the imminence of the Day of the Lord, the

cataclysm which would happen and bring to an

end with the Judgment of God the world as they

knew it.

As time passed and this did not happen, such

expectancy began to wane. So 2 Peter 3.1-10

explains that you can’t link human and divine

time-scales: ‘with the Lord a day is like a

thousand years’. In other words, both positions

were wrong in their timing rather than in their

teaching.

Will it ever happen? In one sense the Day of the

Lord has already come, in that with the Death

and Resurrection of Christ the world as the

ancients knew it has changed for ever: the

triumph of Evil has passed and triumphant

hope has been born.

In another sense. for each one of us the Day of

the Lord is imminent, in that with every moment

we are forming ourselves, and the Lord is

forming us, in a way which will become

startlingly and devastatingly clear at the

confrontation with Truth at our death. We

cannot afford to neglect the warning, ‘Be alert!’

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