This morning I was all set to post on today”s saint, St. Andrew the Apostle. As a disciple of St. John the Baptist and the brother of St. Peter, St. Andrew is one of the more prominent Apostles in the Gospels, as he is mentioned by name 13 times. On top of that, there are his vast missionary efforts, which culminated with his martyrdom (symbolized in Christian art by the x-shaped cross), during which he preached the Gospel for two days while hanging on a cross. And then there are the fascinating devotions, legends, and patronages. Golfers will be interested to know that he is the patron saint of Scotland, which explains the name of the famous golf course there.
However, early (for me) this morning I attended an Advent study produced by Catholic Scripture Study, a partner of this blog”s sponsor, My Catholic Faith Delivered. The study includes videos by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. of EWTN. If the first video is any indication, this is going to be a great study. Here are a handful of Fr. Pacwa”s insights (I”m sure there were many more, but did I say it was early?): [more]
–The four weeks of Advent parallel the 4,000 years between the biblical account of creation and the coming of Jesus. He tied that in with the biblical passage that one day is like a thousand years for God (2 Pet. 3:8).
–He discussed the two comings that are part of Advent: the first coming of Jesus on Christmas, and also His coming back at the end of time. Speaking of which, Father also contrasted scientific calcuations as to when the world should naturally end (millions of years from now) with Our Lord”s actual return, which isn”t dependent on such scientific processes.
–We are certain that Our Lord is coming back. We echo the concluding words of the Bible: “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20).
–While we are certain that Our Lord is coming, we do not know the day or the hour. Every prediction that has been made so far has been wrong! But even more, the end of the world is a management issue, and God alone is “management.”
–He also said that knowing the day and time of Our Lord’2012-04-24 18:33:05′s return is “not on the test.” We don”t need to know. We just need to be ready.