In this lesson, we study both the Last Judgment as well as the Incarnation as explained by Archbishop Sheen in his "Life of Christ." We prepare for Holy Christmas while reflecting on the unique connection between both the Last Judgment and the Incarnation.
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The Mass of Canon Antoine de La Porte or The Altar of Notre Dame
by Jean-baptiste Jouvenet
The singular most crucial and mystical moment in the history of salvation was the Crucifixion of the second person of the Blessed Trinity, Jesus Christ, our Lord. However, God’s ultimate plan for salvation of mankind continues. Christ the Lord already reigns through the Church, but all the things of this world are not yet subjected to Him. The triumph of Christ's kingdom will not come about without one last assault by the powers of evil.
Since Advent is a journey to Christmas, it is appropriate to contemplate the early life of Christ, the Second Coming, and the Messianic Prophecies during this time. The prophets and countless saints including St. Barbara, St. Charles Lwanga, St. Stephen, St. Justin, Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, St. Paul Miki, St. Lawrence the Deacon, and countless others suffered martyrdom for the holy Faith. In art, many times the martyrs are depicted as holding a palm branch — a symbol of their victory over death. These holy men and women from varying lifestyles, eras, and locations all laid down their lives for Jesus Christ.
Let us continue to seek interior mortification during this week and dwell on the theme of hope. True and lasting hope is found only in the person of Jesus Christ, who is the Lord and Creator of the entire universe. Hope exists chiefly in the person of Jesus Christ because of the mercy and forgiveness Christ wills to give for all mankind (John 20:21-23). The prophets and patriarchs all longed to experience the hope of the Messiah as Christ says, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it” (Luke 10:24).
The history of the world was profoundly altered when the Son of God, Jesus Christ who is consubstantial with the Father, took a human nature and humbled Himself to dwell in our humanity. Essentially, when Jesus Christ took a human nature at the Annunciation, hope thereby entered the world. With our hearts hopeful for the mercy of God, we read the following excerpt concerning the Annunciation from the Life of Christ by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
Every civilization has had a tradition of a golden age in the past. A more precise Jewish record tells of a fall from a state of innocence and happiness through a woman tempting a man. If a woman played such a role in the fall of mankind, should she not play a great role in the restoration? And if there was a lost Paradi... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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