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The day of the Lord

In this reflection, I am going to refer briefly not to Sunday or first day of the week, which is also called ‘The Lord’s Day’, but to the day when the Lord will come again, the Second Coming or Parousia. It will be the end of the history and the beginning of the eternity.

This is a sure event, the Lord will come. This the angels announced at the time of Ascension: “Why are you Galileans standing here looking into the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way as you have seen him going to heaven” (Ac 1:11). The same Jesus Christ predicted that such event would take place: “When the Son of man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his throne of glory. All nations will be assembled before him and he will separate people one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats” (Mt 25:31-32). And the author of the Letter to the Hebrews states: “So Christ too, having offered himself only once to bear the sin of many, will manifest himself a second time, sin being no more to those who are waiting for him, to bring them salvation” (Heb 9:28).

This would be a joyful moment for the Christians, but terrible for those who deny the Lordship of Christ.

When and how will He come?

What the Word of God discloses is that it will be a sudden coming: “Because the coming of the Son of man will be like lightning striking in the east and flashing in the west” (Mt 24:27) and also “because the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Lk 12:40); and only known by the Father, for “as for the day and hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, no one but the Father alone” (Mt 24:36).

Any how, His coming is near and we need to be patient until He comes: “Now be patient, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. Think of a farmer: how patiently he waits for the precious fruit of the ground until it has had the autumn rains and the spring rains! You too must be patient; do not lose heart, because the Lord’s coming will be soon (Jas 5:7-8). Paul in the Letter to the Philippians said: “the Lord is near” (Phil 4:5). The Early Christians believed that this glorious moment was so near that Paul wrote: “At the signal given by the voice of the Archangel and the trumpet of God, the Lord himself will come down from heaven; those who have died in Christ will be the first to rise, and only after that we who remain alive be taken up in the clouds, together with them, to meet the Lord in the air. This is the way we shall be with the Lord for ever” (1 Thes 4:16-17).

What will happen?

·         The glorious arrival of the fullness of the Kingdom of God, the time of the “universal restoration” (cf Ac 3:21) will take place, so that everything shall have Christ as head. He will manifest His Lordship in a glorious way and achieve the final realization of God’s design: “That he would bring everything together under Christ, as head, everything in the heavens and everything on earth” (Eph 1:10).

·         The Day of the Lord will mark the final victory over the enemies (cf 1 Cor 15:24-28).

·         The Son of man “is going to come in the glory of the Father with his angels, and then he will reward each one according to his behaviour” (Mt 16:27).

·         He will judge the living and the dead: “Before God and before Christ Jesus who is the judge of the living and the dead, I charge you, in the name of his appearing and of his kingdom…” (2 Tim 4:1).

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