Reflecting on Matthew 24: 37-44
Here’s a thought. What if the Second Coming of Christ isn’t being held off by God, but held off by us? What if, as St. Charles Borromeo suggests, “Christ, who came once in the flesh, is prepared to come again”, and we’re the ones who are delaying his coming?
Here are a few of the ways I’ve experienced the “drawing near” of Christ in my life:
- When, outside of “sacred surroundings”, people share about the ways in which Christ is working in their lives. Or, just because they want to, people sing psalms and hymns together. Or they talk about the homily in the car on the way home. Or they pray together, just because they saw each other in church and know that Jesus is their connection.
- When people who were estranged join hands in friendship. There is nothing more powerful than forgiveness, no quicker way to enter the kingdom of God than to watch enemies begin to speak to one another. Especially if we are the ones estranged, and we are the ones to make the first move toward reconciliation. Test this out this holiday season, and let the Prince of Peace overwhelm you with his immediate presence.
- When we are forced out of our comfort zones and find ourselves making friends with people of every race, language, and way of life. People, after all, are the crowning glory of God’s creation. Find ways to enjoy the company of people different from you, and guess what? There is Jesus, right in your midst.
The advent of the kingdom is only this: Draw near to him, and he will draw near to you (James 4:8).
In what ways will you help the kingdom draw near this year?