Thy Kingdom Come!

Hebrews 1:1-2

In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.

Advent is the time we remember the first coming of Christ and look forward to his Second Coming.  Christ’s first coming was preceded by several billion years of preparation from Creation to the Incarnation.  For all we know it may be several billion more years till he comes again in glory.  Then again, it could happen before you finish reading this.  That’s why we are not to pretend we know, but we are to read the signs of the times and see what the Spirit is saying to the Church here and now.  If we do that, we find that in many and various ways everything points to Christ’s coming.  And Christ is coming now, not just someday and not merely once upon a time.  To be sure, his incarnation happened in history.  But his coming—-his parousia or manifestation—-takes place in many and various ways here and now: in the least of these, in the gathering of two or three in his name, in the sacraments and, above all, in the Eucharist.  We pray “thy kingdom come”.  Where the King is, there is the kingdom.  And where the Eucharist is, there is the King.  Pray today that the kingdom come in all its fullness.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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