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Already but Not Yet
By
Diane M. Houdek
Source: Bringing Home the Word
Published: Sunday, December 1, 2013

During Advent we recall both the beginning of Jesus’s time on this earth and his return in glory. Our readings remind us that we who have been baptized into the life and death of Jesus have nothing to fear from the end of time. This is not to say we have the luxury of waiting passively for the Second Coming, secure—even complacent—in the confidence that Jesus was born, died on the cross, and saved us, and all we have to do is wait until he comes to take us home. The promise of the Second Coming contains an insistent challenge. The Gospels show us the way to work for the fullness of the kingdom.

In the first volume of Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict XVI said this: “It is above all by looking at Francis of Assisi that we see clearly what the words ‘Kingdom of God’ mean. Francis stood totally within the Church, and at the same time it is in figures such as he that the Church grows toward the goal that lies in the future, and yet is already present: The Kingdom of God is drawing near…” (p. 79).


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