[quote=CARose]I’m sorry that there are those of you who have taken this thread as an opportunity to impune the Church. While we are blessed to have the Magisterium, which is guided in not promulgating Error by the power of the Holy Spirit, the advocate promised to us by Christ himself, we continue to wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This hope is reitterated at every celebration of the Mass and it’s sentiments run deep in those of us who attentively participate in the Mass.
There are those who have suggested that the second coming has already occurred and occurs on a regular basis at each and every Mass. Certainly the mass is a moment of intense Glory, as the gates of Heaven are opened up and we participate in the eternal celebration, as His kingdom comes to us on earth.
Part of me acknowledges the reality of this premise. Part of me continues to wait in joyful hope for the coming in more earthly terms. But this reminds me of the Jews who refused to recognize Jesus as the Messiah because they were expecting a powerful King / Warrior.
If anything, the Catholic Church is the one Church most prepared for the coming of our Lord, in whatever form He choses to take, be it as a Man or as a humble piece of bread.
God Bless to all who wait with humble and contrite hearts,
This is all very interesting, including the comment by MariaGorettiGrl, that anything He might say would be used in the service of the devil. This would seem to make the advent of a return, a recognizable return, something of an impossibility, unless it is to be marked by nothing but nonverbal communication, by which term most are probably anticipating fireworks or other effects, which would undermine the task of developing a population in the fullness that comes from an effort rooted in one’s individuality. Effects seem to undermine this, where masses of people are stirred to mob-style response.
When we reference His returning in power, it would seem this could be viewed many ways, and that some of these ways could actually present difficulty for Him initially. For example, let’s say the Power He returned with was His Divine Reason (and the divine reason of His accompanying friends), His Mind, poised to point to the prevailing weaknesses of humankind in ways that are forceful and specifically tuned to present need. Were this the case, He could spread His Thought about the web, and yet human intellection being what it is, a weak, reactive excuse in most cases, it would appear that He would be overlooked (this would be the most mild, most friendly response) by most, initially, and beyond this He might actually grind up against the nexus of human intellectual and emotional limitation. Because of this, It might take years, decades or centuries for people to piece together an image of a superior mind that had elected to use the internet as something of a cloud from which to disseminate a message. Interestingly, the idea that the internet might be a “cloud,” which could not have been described in the first century, is very interesting, and even probable, yet there are too few with the powers of discernment capable of sustaining an inquiry into even a potent mind, let alone one that is uniquely sublime. Nevertheless, at some distant point, it is possible that people might evaluate a mind, one “roaming” in an environment such as this, as uniquely powerful and glorious! So, some of us expect His return, yet most of us will not see Him when He does return, unless He resorts to displays of power that call into question the laws of nature, and I am quite sure His intent is more in line with producing definite spiritual growth, and to this end demonstrations of magic-type power are counterproductive. It is sincerity and quality instruction that inspires growth to those who would grow. Indeed, those who would grow will sense the mind behind the words, yet those who would not grow might not read the words, will not understand the words they do read, will not connect to the word’s meaning, will not sense the Mind behind the words, and will wait for cinematic effects to stir them to further expectations about other movies that might be released, while they deny the real efforts they might engage, which would compel their spiritual unfoldment, before the Lord.
Now, I am very sure that I am not the Christ, yet were He a Friend of mine, what would I need to do to make sense of Him to you, particularly if His chosen method of expression were limited to this realm…