Beltway Battle #1: Check

Freeman to the hoop
Freeman to the hoop

Hoyas 73, Eagles 49.

Ed Tapscott, head coach of the Washington Wizards
Ed Tapscott, head coach of the Washington Wizards
They clubbed them.

A little history: The last time the Eagles beat the Hoyas was December 15, 1982. Eddie Tapscott was the A.U. head coach.

Also this post has an added bonus, thanks to the synergy of the P&BD experience:

Homily for the Second Sunday of Advent (i.e., tomorrow)

St. Peter tells us today: “Conduct yourselves in holiness and devotion, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God.” (II Peter 3:12)

During Advent, we focus on the fact that we are waiting for the Lord to come again. He came once; He began the New and everlasting covenant in His Precious Blood. He promised to sustain us with His grace until the end of time, and He promised to come again in glory.

pantocratorWhen Christ came and saved us, the world entered into the final age of history. This age is the age when the Kingdom of God is hidden. It is the age of trial, the age of struggle, the age for doing good and avoiding evil. It is the age of faith and hope, the age of the Church militant on earth. It is the age of the sacraments.

As history moves forward to its conclusion, we reach out in faith to the final goal. Before the Lord came, the goal was vague, unknown. Now it is clear; the goal is a Person with a name, a Person we know: Jesus Christ.

We do not know how long this final age of history will last. We only know that it will end someday. The world as it is will not last forever.

The Lord Jesus will come again in glory when history is finished. Everyone will see Him and know Him. There will be no more need for faith then; Christ’s divine power will be obvious to everyone.

If the Lord finds us ready to greet Him then, the final day will be a day of joy, the beginning of everlasting life. On the other hand, if we are not ready when He comes, if we are living in our sins, then it will be a day of terror and crushing justice.

last-judgmentThe Second Coming of the Lord is a mystery of faith. This means that we won’t know everything about it until it comes. But a mystery of faith is NOT something uncertain; the Second Coming of Christ is certain. He promised that He will come again; He is God and does not lie; He will certainly come.

Some people like the fact that we will meet Christ sooner or later; some people do not like it. The way people who don’t like the idea show they don’t like it is to pretend it isn’t going to happen. Not ready to meet the Judge? Convince yourself that you don’t have to. This might make things easier in the short run. In the long run—not a good idea.

We Christians look forward to Christ coming to consummate history. The people who don’t like this idea try to make out that they don’t like it because they love life so much now.

We Christians, they claim, are gloomy. We dream of heaven with Jesus and His sad-sack saints.

The basic theory is: if you are satisfied now, you don’t worry about later. According to this theory, Christianity is for dissatisfied losers.

The irony is that this theory never proves true. Are the people chasing happiness in this world really happier than us? The people who aren’t looking forward to meeting Christ find out sooner or later that there is no perfect happiness in this world. Then they become desperate and miserable. Heaven is no fantasy; heaven is real. Perfect happiness in this world? That is the fantasy.

xt-kingMeanwhile, while we Christians look forward to getting to heaven and really being happy, we can appreciate this world for what it is. We can quietly be at peace here, while we wait for the truly good part—in the life to come.

When St. Peter says: “Conduct yourselves in holiness and devotion, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God”—when he says this, he is talking to people who like the idea of meeting the Lord Jesus when He comes again in power with all His hosts of angels. He is addressing the people who know Christ and who love Him. Yes, we fear the Lord’s all-knowing justice—sure enough. But we trust in His gentle mercy. The power of His perfect sacrifice will cleanse us of our sins.

“Conduct yourselves in holiness and devotion, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God.”

“…waiting for the day of God and hastening it.”

If we like the idea of meeting Christ in His glory and power, then the day of His coming cannot come soon enough. We don’t exactly want this world to end—we want it to be completed, fulfilled. We want it to bear the fruit which it was originally made to bear. We are longing for something greater. We want to see the glory of God.

Our longing for God can make the fulfillment of all things come more quickly. The more intensely we want Christ to come, the sooner He will come. The more ardently we pray that He will come and make all things right, the more we detach ourselves from the things of the world, the sooner this age of struggle and strain will be over, and eternal life will begin.

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