jesus, come back today!
Look "for the coming of the day of God and (try) to hasten it!" —2 Peter 3:12
"The heavens will be destroyed in flames and the elements will melt away in a blaze" (2 Pt 3:12). "Just when people are saying, 'Peace and security,' ruin will fall on them with the suddenness of pains overtaking a woman in labor, and there will be no escape" (1 Thes 5:3). "During that period after trials of every sort the sun will be darkened, the moon will not shed its light, stars will fall out of the skies, and the heavenly hosts will be shaken" (Mk 13:24-25).
As Christians, what should be our reactions to the ultimately devastating events of the end of the world?
- We do not dread the end of the world. Rather, we look forward to "new heavens and a new earth where, according to His promise, the justice of God will reside" (2 Pt 3:13).
- We do not want the end of the world delayed any longer. We want to hasten it (2 Pt 3:12) by repentance, evangelization, intercession, and growth in holiness.
- We look forward to the world's end because "then men will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory" (Mk 13:26).
- When we think of seeing Jesus face to face (1 Cor 13:12), we begin to sing "Alleluia" (Rv 19:1, 3), and to shout "Maranatha" ("Come, Lord Jesus") (Rv 22:20; 1 Cor 16:22).
The world is ending. Alleluia! Jesus is coming back. Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus today.
Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit! Make me holy to prepare me for Jesus coming soon.
Promise: "Grow rather in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Glory be to Him now and to the day of eternity! Amen." —2 Pt 3:18
Praise: The Romans executed the martyrs Marcellinus and Peter in secret, so that they would not be remembered by anyone. Jesus exalted them to be recalled in every age through their executioner who later became Christian (see Mt 23:12).
Nihil Obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, November 29, 1997
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 2, 1997