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Hastening the Parousia

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In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord;
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
and the rough places a plain.
And the salvation of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together!
Indeed, the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

In Luke 3:1-6, the evangelist uses the above passage from Isaiah’s Book of Consolations to describe the Baptist’s work of proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. In this Isaianic passage, the image is that of a call to create a highway for a visiting dignitary so as to expedite his journey. Such a visit is in Greek, a parousia, a word that New Testament writers have applied to the final revelation of Christ in glory.

In the Catechism, we find this interesting passage about hastening the coming of the Lord

2046 By living with the mind of Christ, Christians hasten the coming of the Reign of God, "a kingdom of justice, love, and peace." They do not, for all that, abandon their earthly tasks; faithful to their master, they fulfill them with uprightness, patience, and love.

The "mind of Christ" referred to above is the one mentioned in 1 Corinthians 2:16: "But we have the mind of Christ". "The mind of Christ" is the wisdom of those who have received the fulness of God’s revelation and live according to it. It is a phrase contrasted with "mind of flesh", "mind of the immature". Thus, the idea itself of hastening the return of the Lord, of "preparing the way" of the Lord, requires a metanoia, a change of heart, a change of mind. It requires a conversion.

John the Baptist’s ministry was to arouse a sense of repentance among the people of Judah. Reception of his baptism was a sign that the one receiving it has admitted his need for repentance. It was for this reason that the baptism was coupled with a public admission of guilt (see Mark 1:5).

Advent is also a time for repentance; a time for turning to the Lord who comes. CCC 2046 reminds us that one turns to the Lord by consciously living with "the mind of Christ." Paul prays that the Philippians’ love …

increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, that they may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness…

Characteristic of those who wait for the coming of the Lord is the ability to discern what is of value and to live according to their status as Christians in the world. Advent is also a time for praying for these gifts of knowledge, perception and discernment — of having "the mind of Christ" — so that the Christian may meet the Lord with lamps lighted filled as they are with the oil of charity (cf. Matthew 25:1-13), that is, “pure and blameless … filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God”.

Luke 3:1-6
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1Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and Philip his brother tetrarch of Iturea, and the country of Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilina;
2Under the high priests Annas and Caiphas; the word of the Lord was made unto John, the son of Zachary, in the desert.
3And he came into all the country about the Jordan, preaching the baptism of penance for the remission of sins;
4As it was written in the book of the sayings of Isaias the prophet: A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
5Every valley shall be filled; and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight; and the rough ways plain;
6And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
1 Corinthians 2:16
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16For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that we may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
Mark 1:5
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5And there went out to him all the country of Judea, and all they of Jerusalem, and were baptized by him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
Matthew 25:1-13
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1Then shall the kingdom of heaven be like to ten virgins, who taking their lamps went out to meet the bridegroom and the bride.
2And five of them were foolish, and five wise.
3But the five foolish, having taken their lamps, did not take oil with them:
4But the wise took oil in their vessels with the lamps.
5And the bridegroom tarrying, they all slumbered and slept.
6And at midnight there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye forth to meet him.
7Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.
8And the foolish said to the wise: Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out.
9The wise answered, saying: Lest perhaps there be not enough for us and for you, go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10Now whilst they went to buy, the bridegroom came: and they that were ready, went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut.
11But at last come also the other virgins, saying: Lord, Lord, open to us.
12But he answering said: Amen I say to you, I know you not.
13Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor the hour.
CCC 2046
¶2046 By living with the mind of Christ, Christians hasten the coming of the Reign of God, "a kingdom of justice, love, and peace." They do not, for all that, abandon their earthly tasks; faithful to their master, they fulfill them with uprightness, patience, and love.

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