When I heard this line in Isaiah (40:1-5, 9-11) proclaimed today my thought was immediately: When? Will it happen soon? Please? Now of course we read this in our Advent preparation for Christmas and consider Jesus coming into the world in the flesh over two thousand years ago (in fact, two verses back we read the famous description of John the Baptist as he speaks about himself in Jn 1:23 and as he is described in Mk 1:3). But we can and should also read this as Jesus’ second coming in glory (see CCC 668-682).
The Last Judgment, 1560, Jean Cousin
Since the apostolic era, the end times have been predicted to be just around the corner. For my part, I do not get caught up in this speculation in the least (Jesus’ answer in Matthew and Mark has always been good enough for me). But I do find myself sorely tempted to wish this final visit from Christ to be soon. The glory of the Lord to be plainly apparent to every person? In this topsy-turvy world where black is white, wrong is right, it seems a good thing for the Messiah to straighten out this mess ASAP.
As we prepare to celebrate Christ’s coming in past history and contemplate His coming in future majesty, we pray daily “Thy kingdom come.” So while we await His return, we should be reminded that we are charged with being the Lord’s instruments to “straighten out this mess.” Proclaim the truth in season and out of season! Share your faith through actions and words so all will come to know our Savior before it is too late (regardless of when The End comes, we know the end of each of our earthly lives will be coming).
The key to this is Jesus’ third way of coming which is continuously on all Catholic altars in the world. This Bread of Life sustains us. Worship Him there. Invite a friend to do the same. The Eucharist is a powerful means to effect conversion. Jesus promised He would be with us until the end of the age — and so He is in every tabernacle in the world, like a homing beacon to all persons.
Come, Lord Jesus, come!