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Second Sunday of Advent

Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk 
6th December 2015

On the Three Comings of Christ by St. Vincent Ferrer

The first advent of the Lord was in virtuous humility, and this already is past, when He wished to descend through incarnation, conversation, captivity, scourging and passion, that those believing in Him and obeying might ascend into Heaven. The reason why He came in such humility was the pride of Adam and Eve, because they preferred not to obey God, but rather their own will. The sin of Adam was pride.

Why is someone avaricious? It is from pride, because he does not wish to obey the precept of God saying, "You should not lust", or "not commit thefts" etc. Why is someone lustful? Is it not from pride, because he does not wish to obey the precept, "You shall not commit fornication?" Same for gluttony and the other sins. "Pride is the beginning of all sin" (Ecclus. 10:15). Therefore Christ comes in great humility to reform us, like a servant in administering to us the works of redemption through human incarnation.

In the first coming Christ came as a servant, but in this second coming He comes as a friend. The second coming is of gracious charity, and this is present, because every day in the Sacrament of the Altar in the Consecrated Host He is really there just as He came in the first coming in the womb of the Virgin. Thus in every Mass, when the Priest says the Words of Consecration Christ comes to the Host. And so we adore Him in the Sacrament of the Altar. Of this coming we should eat Him and praise Him saying, "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the friend". In this way He does not show His dominion.

The third coming shall be in rigorous majesty, when He shall come for Judgment, for judicial retribution. Thus the Lord shall come for the General Judgment and shall render retribution not only to the souls but also to the bodies according to their works. Then He shall not come in humility, as in the first, nor as a companion as in the second, but He shall come as Lord with such majesty and power that the whole world shall fear and tremble. He shall come like the most powerful of kings, who comes to his castle or city rebellious to him with armed troops, with bombs and catapults etc. So shall the Lord come to the city of this world in which there are many rebels and disobedience to Christ the King, that He wishes and commands humility and they are proud, vain etc. Belief without obedience will not save a man, no king would be content with the belief of his subjects without obedience, on this account Christ shall come to the city of this world not as a servant, nor as a companion, but as Lord with many soldiers because on that day the Heavens will be emptied. If Heaven and Earth and the creatures which never have sinned against God are not able to stand up to His coming, what will it be for sinners, who have committed so many sins against God? Then it would be better to be in Hell than to see God.