Fast

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Do not run in pursuit. (Luke 17:23)

The Lord explicitly orders us not to run hither and yon, not to agitate ourselves, not to fret and frantically fumble after the definitive revelation of the truth.

The problem is not that we can be too fast-moving for God. We do not need to slow down so that He can catch up with us. No.

The problem is that, quick-witted as we are–compared to turtles and mules and Internet Explorer 8.0—we are nonetheless slower than frozen molasses, compared to God.

As He says, He moves like lightning.

When the time comes; when it’s all said and done; when there’s no more need for investigation and fact-checking, no more opportunity for reform and renewal—when that day, that moment, that instant arrives, and the light that will never go out shines, it will come like a thunderbolt across the sky.

The speed of lightning, as we know from its frequent metaphorical invocation in common parlance, reaches an order of magnitude altogether above our capacities.

Let’s say I challenge lightning to a race. Ok. Ready. Set. Go. It’s over. You lost, human. And so it will be, if we imagine that picking up our mental speed will somehow enable us to get a jump on the final apocalypse. No way.

Before we know it, we will be eating a bowl of microwave popcorn, or painting a fencepost, or driving to Wal-Mart, and the apocalypse will envelop the entire earth like King Kong grabbling a bi-plane out of the sky.

So there can be no hasty chasing of the resolution. The Lord’s point is that it’s pointless to try that. Rather, the best course of action is simply to sit still and wait patiently in a state of perpetual readiness.

The lightning will strike from east to west. So we keep our eyes fixed on the eastern horizon. Which, as Pope Benedict has explained, means having faith. We keep our interior eyes fixed on the eastern horizon by greeting every moment with faith in the good and almighty Lord Christ.

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One thought on “Fast

  1. Father Mark,

    One of the best preachings I ever heard used the figure of King Kong with the biplane; it was, of course, by a Baptist minister. He used it to talk about the Christian and the Devil. The Christian (read that as “sinner”) had to just keep on struggling toward God as the machine gun bullets of the Devil (in the biplane, of course) hit him, as the Devil tried to deter him from his goal.

    I realize it ain’t what you’re driving at; but, having watched in Guantanamo as the entire bowl of the sky was illuminated continuously for several hours by something somewhat like “heat lightening” (that is, lightening far enough away that there was no sound of thunder) — from all sides; that is, we were surrounded, with bolts clearly visible around the periphery, and seemingly arching up and over us, but no sound.

    Waiting for the apocalypse is great because it’s the only time that Christ counsels us to proceed at an executive mosey.

    In God we trust.

    LIH,

    joe

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