Thirty-third Sunday, Year C
“What sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?"
O boy, here we are again reflecting on the day of the Lord. In fact, this idea of its imminence is nothing new. Even in St Paul’s time they thought that this day was close. And that is why he instructs the Thessalonian community to keep on with their lives, as we have just heard.
But do we have reason to think that the day of the Lord is upon us? Yes – because the great apostasy we are experiencing is that which St Paul warned of as being the sign of its coming. He says about “the day of the Lord” that it “will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed” (2 Thessalonians 2:2-3). And here we are in the age of rebellion, even within the Church.
Speaking about the recent Amazon Synod, Archbishop Vigano said, “The process of the internal mutation of the faith, which has been taking place in the Catholic Church for several decades, has seen with this Synod a dramatic acceleration towards the foundation of a new creed, summed up in a new kind of worship [cultus] ...If this satanic plan is successful, Catholics who adhere to it will in fact change religion, and the immense flock of Our Lord Jesus Christ will be reduced to a minority.”
And what Cardinal Burke said of the Papacy this week is that the pope is not an “absolute monarch who can do whatever he wants. That has never been the case in the church. The pope is not a revolutionary, elected to change the church’s teaching.” Certainly, the Church is currently living through a rebellion.
So, what then is the day of the Lord? It is upheaval; it is a day where injustices are corrected by God. It is judgment. Of the many times our parish has reflected on this let’s just say that when this time of the Lord’s extended and unprecedented mercy ends, the Lord will come as King of Justice to put things right.
And here we recall the words of Jesus to St Faustina: “Tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near.” Again and again Jesus her urged to “Speak to the world about My mercy ... It is a sign for the end times. After it will come the Day of Justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fountain of My mercy.”
But don’t be despondent, don’t lose faith. Even if we are to live in the time of God’s justice where there is upheaval and the things in today’s Gospel come true in our lives such as betrayal by loved ones, persecution, hatred because we speak the name of Jesus Christ – “not one hair on our head will be lost. Our endurance will win us our lives” (Luke 21:16-19).
So thanks be to God for his prophetic Word that reminds us to be vigilant and remain faithful. Also remember that the Lord wins in the end! This ‘wining’ is essentially what the day of the Lord is about; God bringing about God’s victory in our world, and maybe in our time.