Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Since the Ascension Christ’s coming in glory has been imminent, even though “it is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has fixed by his own authority.” This eschatological coming could be accomplished at any moment, even if both it and the final trial that will precede it are “delayed”….
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.
On Judgment Day at the end of the world, Christ will come in glory to achieve the definitive triumph of good over evil which, like the wheat and the tares, have grown up together in the course of history.
The Catholic Church has always been hesitant…to read in scriptures clues that would help us calculate when [the end of the world] would come.
‘We wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.’ I expect the Second Coming to be a joyful experience, not this horrendous thing that many of our fundamentalists are looking for.
We need to reclaim an urgency about our mission, not in the sense of an urgency for Jesus to come back and kill all the bad guys, but an urgency to be sowing seeds of the kingdom of God, like in the New Testament communities. It’s an urgency to love our neighbor, to feed the hungry, and to obey Jesus’ commandments…. Sometimes there is not enough fire in us…. Time is short, and we have to be about something important.