Saturday, December 11

Morning Psalms 30, 32; Evening Psalms 42, 43
Isa. 8:1-15; 2 Thess. 3:6-18; Luke 22:31-38

From the Catechesis of St. Cyril of Jerusalem (315-386 A.D.)

We preach not one coming only of Jesus Christ, but a second also, far more glorious than the first. The first revealed the meaning of his patient endurance; the second brings with it the crown of the divine kingdom.

Generally speaking, everything that concerns our Lord Jesus Christ is twofold.  His birth is twofold: one, of God before time began; the other, of the Virgin in the fullness of time. His descent is twofold: one, unperceived like the dew falling on the fleece; the other, before the eyes of all, is yet to happen.

In his first coming he was wrapped in swaddling clothes in the manger. In his second coming he is clothed with light as with a garment. In his first coming he bore the cross, despising its shame; he will come a second time in glory accompanied by the hosts of angels.

It is not enough for us, then, to be content with his first coming; we must wait in hope of his second coming. What we said at his first coming, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord,” we shall repeat at his last coming. Running out with the angels to meet the Master we shall cry out in adoration, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

The Savior will come not to be judged again but to call to judgment those who called him to judgment. He who was silent when he was first judged, will indict the malefactors who dared to perpetrate the outrage of the cross, and say, “These things you did and I was silent.”

He first came in the order of divine providence to teach men by gentle persuasion; but when he comes again they will, whether they wish it or not, be subjected to his kingship.


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