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On the urgency that Jesus had to save us, as seen in a commercial
Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 20, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope

Posted on 09/21/2013 7:15:45 AM PDT by NYer

The commercial in the video below has a surprise ending. We are led through a very traditional story line about a child who can’t wait for Christmas. But then comes the twist at the end. You may wish to view it before you read any further commentary by me, lest my comments, give the surprise away.

As I saw the video I was first reminded of the Scripture which says, It is more blessed to give than to receive. ( Acts 20:34) And also the scripture that says, God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Cor 9:7)

But there is something more than a cheerful giver illustrated in this video. Indeed, the young boy in the commercial is an urgent giver, a giver who cannot wait to give the gift he has to offer. The days and moments creep by. When will he finally be able to give the gift! And finally the day comes. Finally!

I knew this rang strangely familiar to me. Somehow it spoke of a Biblical theme. And then it hit to me. Yes! This was Jesus on his final journey to Jerusalem, urgent and eager to give us the gift of our salvation, earnest to snatch us from the kingdom of darkness and translate us to the Kingdom of light. Of this almost impatient desire in Him Scripture says:

Scripture says that as his Apostles followed him up the road to Jerusalem for his final journey they were “amazed and afraid.” (cf Mk 10:32). Along the way, seeing his determination to go to Jerusalem and fearful of his own predictions he would die, the disciples protested: But Rabbi, a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going there? (John 11:8). Finally seeing his determination Thomas, likely in exasperation, said, Let us also go, that we may die with him! (John 11:16).

Yes, Jesus set his face like flint to Jerusalem, eager to give the gift of salvation. What distress, what impatience until he could give the gift! Resolutely he went forth with eagerness.

Think on these things as you watch this video.

VIDEO


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Theology
KEYWORDS: kingdomofheaven; msgrcharlespope

1 posted on 09/21/2013 7:15:45 AM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...
This reminded me of Archbishop Fulton Sheen's book The Life of Christ, where he notes:

The story of every human life begins with birth and ends with death. In the Person of Christ, however, it was His death that was first and His life that was last. It was not so much that His birth cast a shadow on His life and thus led to His death; it was rather that the Cross was first, and cast its shadow back to His birth. His has been the only life in the world that was ever lived backward.

Thank you, Lord, for the beautiful gift of salvation.

2 posted on 09/21/2013 7:16:12 AM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: NYer
Great post. Thanks


3 posted on 09/21/2013 7:37:48 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Don’t take my word for it, these are my opinions...Do your own Homework)
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To: NYer
Cool beans. That was awesome!

Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:4

4 posted on 09/21/2013 8:09:59 AM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: NYer; zot; Interesting Times

NYer, thank you for posting the Monsignor’s blog and video.


5 posted on 09/21/2013 8:20:22 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: NYer

Wonderful!!


6 posted on 09/21/2013 8:30:23 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God." -- -1 John 4:7)
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To: NYer

LOL! I watched the video yesterday, but then forgot to read the artcile.

So precious.


7 posted on 09/21/2013 8:58:55 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

Thank you Jesus!


8 posted on 09/21/2013 11:09:42 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Free goodies for all -- Freedom for none.)
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. Excellent!


9 posted on 09/22/2013 7:14:23 PM PDT by zot
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