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Run, Donít Walk, To the Nearing Jesus. How Advent is a season of running more than waiting.
Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12/18/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope

Posted on 12/18/2013 7:01:29 PM PST by markomalley

The Lord’s coming is near. And though we have all been well taught that the word “Advent” means “coming”  there is the danger that we think we are only passively waiting for him to come.  It is not just that the Lord is coming to us, but we are also journeying to him. In fact, as the Advent prayers in the Roman Missal instruct, we ought to run (don’t walk) and hasten, to greet him as he draws near.

The image of the Prodigal Son that comes to mind. His Father saw him and ran toward him, but he too was hastening to his Father with contrition and hope. So too, in Advent we do look for the Lord’s coming. But the Lord also looks for us as we come to him by faith.  We, like the prodigal son, consider our need for salvation, and with contrition, (did you get to confession this advent?), hasten to meet our Lord, whom we know by faith is coming to us.

This notion of our running to meet God is set forth as a consistent theme in the prayers of the Roman Missal.  Consider these prayers and how the theme of our running, hastening, and going out  to meet God, even as he is coming to us, is set forth:

  1. Grant your faithful, we pray, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at his coming, so that, gathered at his right hand, they may be worthy to possess the heavenly kingdom.  (First Sunday of Advent)
  2. Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company. (Second Sunday of Advent)
  3. Stir up your mighty power, O Lord. and come to our help with a mighty strength, so that what our sins impede, the grace of your mercy may hasten. (Thur of the First Week of Advent).
  4. Grant that your people, we pray , almighty God, may be ever watchful for the coming of your Only Begotten Son, that, as the author of our salvation himself has taught us, we may hasten, alert with lighted lamps, to meet him when he comes. (Friday of the Second Week of Advent)
  5. May the reception of your sacrament strengthen us O Lord, so that we may go out to meet our savior, with worthy deeds when he comes, and merit the rewards of the blessed. (post communion, Dec 22)

Thus, we are not counseled to “wait on the Lord” in a merely passive sense, as though we were sitting still and waiting for a bus to arrive. Rather, we are counseled to “wait on the Lord” in an active sense, much as when we speak of a waiter in a restaurant “waiting on tables.” Such a form of waiting is a very active form of waiting. Alert and aware, the waiter or waitress carefully observes the needs of others around them and serves their brothers and sisters. The good ones strive to avoid distraction and do their job of serving well and with swiftness.

Notice too how the prayers indicate what it means to “run.”  We do not run aimlessly or in frantic circles. Rather running to the Lord means:

  1. Being engaged in righteous deeds (holiness) by God’s grace.
  2. Not being hindered by worldly preoccupations and distractions.
  3. Learning heavenly wisdom.
  4. Receiving the Lord’s mercy unto the forgiveness of our sins.
  5. Being alert and ready for the Lord’s coming, the lamp of our soul trimmed (humble and purged of sin) and burning (alive with fiery love).
  6. Being strengthened by the Eucharist which is our food for the journey.

St. Paul speaks of running too:

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I discipline my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize (1 Cor 9:24-27).

Are you running to meet the Lord? Or are you just waiting? Advent involves looking and waiting, but it also means running to meet the Lord who is coming to us. Run, Don’t Walk to the Nearing Jesus!


TOPICS: Catholic
KEYWORDS: advent; catholic; msgrcharlespope

1 posted on 12/18/2013 7:01:29 PM PST by markomalley
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To: Biggirl; ConorMacNessa; Heart-Rest; Mrs. Don-o; Nervous Tick; Salvation; NYer; Tax-chick

Msgr Pope ping


2 posted on 12/18/2013 7:01:45 PM PST by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

“The Lord’s coming is near.”

Keep telling yourself that. In the meantime, here’s what the Bible says:

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. Matthew 24:36

Only God knows the day and the hour.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass...Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. Revelation 1:1,3

And He told John to write, almost 2,000 years ago, that the time was “at hand.”

Is God a liar?


3 posted on 12/18/2013 7:43:55 PM PST by Stingray (Stand for the truth or you'll fall for anything.)
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To: Stingray

For such a time as this . . . http://patburt.com


4 posted on 12/18/2013 11:08:06 PM PST by Maudeen (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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To: Maudeen

This was followed by a strong, calm male voice saying, “Prepare! The Lord Jesus Christ is coming soon! This is the last generation!”

God knows the day and the hour. He told John to tell the seven churches in Asia (Turkey) that the time was “at hand” almost 2,000 years ago.

If this blogger is correct, God is a liar. Is God a liar?


5 posted on 12/19/2013 2:20:54 AM PST by Stingray (Stand for the truth or you'll fall for anything.)
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To: markomalley

Good article by Msgr Pope!

First, this article is about the 3 comings of Jesus, remembering Jesus first coming, the continue coming of Jesus in our lives each day, and the coming in glory of Jesus at the end of the age.


6 posted on 12/19/2013 3:36:16 AM PST by Biggirl (¬ďGo, do not be afraid, and serve¬Ē-Pope Francis)
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To: markomalley; Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; ...

Ping!


7 posted on 12/19/2013 3:37:11 AM PST by NYer ("The wise man is the one who can save his soul. - St. Nimatullah Al-Hardini)
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To: Stingray; Maudeen
“The Lord’s coming is near.”

Keep telling yourself that. In the meantime, here’s what the Bible says:

Yup, here's what the Bible says:

True, no man knows the day or hour. But the Scriptures clearly tell us to be ready and to be awake. And the way we do so is to live our lives each moment as if we will have to stand in judgment before the Lord within the next 60 seconds.

8 posted on 12/19/2013 3:55:18 AM PST by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: Stingray

Christians have believed that Christ’s coming is “near” since He ascended into Heaven. Indeed he very words you have quoted from the Word of God shows this.

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

We don’t know the day or the hour, so the wise among us lives as though He may return at any moment “keeping our lamps full of oil”. Thus, it is perfectly reasonable to say His return is “near” as it keeps us in the proper mindset.

The term “near” is not specifying a day or an hour for His return, just like if you ask me where is the next commuter train, when is it coming, and I reply “close, it’s near”. That’s not telling you it’s coming at 9:07 AM today or next Tuesday. It’s just saying it’s “close”.


9 posted on 12/19/2013 4:09:28 AM PST by FourtySeven (47)
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To: FourtySeven

“Christians have believed that Christ’s coming is “near” since He ascended into Heaven.”

And, since 70 AD, they have been wrong.

“We don’t know the day or the hour, so the wise among us lives as though He may return at any moment “keeping our lamps full of oil”. Thus, it is perfectly reasonable to say His return is “near” as it keeps us in the proper mindset.”

No, it’s perfectly reasonable to suggest that anyone of us at any moment could enter eternity through death. That is not the same thing as saying Christ is coming soon. The latter is a lie.

“The term “near” is not specifying a day or an hour for His return, just like if you ask me where is the next commuter train, when is it coming, and I reply “close, it’s near”. That’s not telling you it’s coming at 9:07 AM today or next Tuesday. It’s just saying it’s “close”.”

Correct, which is what God told John to write: that the events that were about to unfold were “at hand.” In no way can this be construed to mean 2,000 years into the future, otherwise the letters God Himself instructed John to write would have absolutely no meaning at all to the churches to whom they were written.


10 posted on 12/19/2013 5:54:05 AM PST by Stingray (Stand for the truth or you'll fall for anything.)
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To: markomalley

Not one word from the NT passages you cited was written to us. The sooner people disabuse themselves of the notion that the Bible is, somehow, all about us, the sooner we can start living the Christian faith as God intended.


11 posted on 12/19/2013 5:56:57 AM PST by Stingray (Stand for the truth or you'll fall for anything.)
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To: Stingray

Sorry, didn’t know I was dealing with an EW Bullinger-style ultra-dispensationalist.

My apologies.

Even though you’re dead wrong, had I understood I was dealing with a Bullinger fan, I’d have not bothered.


12 posted on 12/19/2013 6:04:09 AM PST by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

“Sorry, didn’t know I was dealing with an EW Bullinger-style ultra-dispensationalist.”

I’m about as far from Dispensationalism as you can get.

“Even though you’re dead wrong, had I understood I was dealing with a Bullinger fan, I’d have not bothered.”

Your “understanding” is wrong on both counts.


13 posted on 12/19/2013 6:26:54 AM PST by Stingray (Stand for the truth or you'll fall for anything.)
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To: Stingray

Then, do tell.


14 posted on 12/19/2013 12:17:18 PM PST by rbmillerjr (Ted Cruz...2016-24 ...A New Conservative Era)
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To: markomalley
You know what, I think I’ll proceed on the assumption that those passages were meant for us. It’s safer.
15 posted on 12/19/2013 1:48:05 PM PST by RichInOC (2013-14 Tiber Swim Team)
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To: Stingray
Not one word from the NT passages you cited was written to us.

Whatever happened to "Every Scripture is God-breathed and useful for instruction in righteousness"?

16 posted on 12/19/2013 9:47:02 PM PST by Campion ("Social justice" begins in the womb)
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To: Stingray

Have you really thought about this? Studying scripture has taught me that there are at least three levels to Holy Scripture.

First — what did it mean to the people then? (When it was written)
Second — what does it mean to the people of this era? (1940s would be different from the 2000-2010 era)
Third — what does it mean to my own personal life?

When you have gone through a section of Scripture with these three tools, I would say you have really studied it.


17 posted on 12/19/2013 9:54:53 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Stingray

And remember that all Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit.


18 posted on 12/19/2013 9:56:18 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation; Stingray
And remember that all Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Hahahahahahaaaa ...as if Catholics really believed the Scriptures...

Exodus 20: 4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, ...


19 posted on 12/19/2013 10:05:29 PM PST by WVKayaker ("Because nothing says "rugged individualism" like heavy-handed big government.../sarc" -Sarah Palin)
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To: All
And in the New Testament which fulfills the Old Testament?

Ten Commandments

I am the Lord your God; you shall not have strange gods before me.

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

Remember to keep holy the Lord's day

Honor your father and your mother.

You shall not kill.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.

You shall not covet you neighbor's goods.


20 posted on 12/19/2013 10:16:01 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
It's amazing that Roman Catholics can overlook/ignore such a significant Scripture as found in Genesis 20:4. But, then how could they justify bowing to dead statues?

Exodus 20: 4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, ...

In the original Hebrew: 4 לֹֽ֣א תַֽעֲשֶׂ֨ה־לְךָ֥֣ פֶ֣֙סֶל֙ ׀ וְכָל־תְּמוּנָ֡֔ה אֲשֶׁ֤֣ר בַּשָּׁמַ֣֙יִם֙ ׀ מִמַּ֡֔עַל וַֽאֲשֶׁ֥ר֩ בָּאָ֖֨רֶץ מִתַָּ֑֜חַת ׃

But, if you want to bring it into the New Testament, please consider the following:

Matthew 22: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” ... -Love, Jesus

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Galatians : ...3 You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 4 Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? 5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? 6 So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. 8 Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9 So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them. 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”[h] 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. ... -Love, Paul

21 posted on 12/19/2013 11:48:58 PM PST by WVKayaker ("Because nothing says "rugged individualism" like heavy-handed big government.../sarc" -Sarah Palin)
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To: Campion

Bible study/discussion sessions are part of the Catholic educational process for converts. Who knew?

And regarding the Second Coming, 2 Peter 3 would appear to have some relevance to the discussion. Or was that one not written to us either? Rather rude of God and the authors not to tell us “skip these sections, they don’t concern you”.


22 posted on 12/20/2013 1:25:05 AM PST by RichInOC (2013-14 Tiber Swim Team)
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