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On the Coming of the Son of Man
Zenit News Agency ^ | 11/18/12

Posted on 11/19/2012 6:56:49 AM PST by marshmallow

"He is the Central Event That, in the Midst of the Troubles of the World, Remains the Firm and Stable Point"

VATICAN CITY, Nov. 18, 2012 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave Sunday before and after praying the midday Angelus in St. Peter's Square.

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Dear brothers and sisters!

On this last Sunday of the liturgical year, Jesus’ discourse about the end times (in technical terms, his “eschatological” discourse) is proclaimed at Mass (cf. Mark 13:24-32). This discourse is also found, with some variations, in Matthew and Luke, and it is probably the most difficult text in the Gospels.

This difficulty derives both from the content and the language: Jesus speaks of a future that is beyond our categories, and because of this Jesus uses images and words taken from the Old Testament, but, importantly, he inserts a new center, namely, himself, the mystery of his person and his death and resurrection. Today’s passage too opens with some cosmic images of an apocalyptic nature: “The sun will be darkened, the moon will no longer give its light, the stars will fall from the sky and the powers in the skies will be shaken” (Mark 13:24-25); but this element is relativized by what follows: “Then the Son of Man will come upon the clouds in the sky with great power and glory” (13:26). The “Son of Man” is Jesus himself, who links the present with the future; the ancient words of the prophets have finally found a center in the person of the Messiah of Nazareth: he is the central event that, in the midst of the troubles of the world, remains the firm and stable point.

Another passage from today’s Gospel confirms. Jesus says: “The sky and the earth will pass away but my......

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1 posted on 11/19/2012 6:56:50 AM PST by marshmallow
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“Then the Son of Man will come upon the clouds in the sky with great power and glory”

The sooner, the better!

2 posted on 11/19/2012 8:19:14 AM PST by Dunstan McShane
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