The Arena
The Arena

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The Kingdom: Now and in the Future

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Ancient faith. Radio and patristic nectar publications present the arena Sunday homilies and theological reflections with Father Josiah Treno. We experience this continual dying with the confidente faith that he who ray of Jesus is also going to raise us. Our Future is not ultimately death, but resurrection. The seed has to fall into the ground in order to sprout. We can't be raised if we aren't buried. Remember that the first few days are exceedingly important for praying for the departed. This is our contribution to assist them through this tremendous transition. When someone who we love crosses the bridge to the next life, immediately the bridge that they croft if torched. There's no going back and forth on it and there's no US following them or them coming back, and we're left with many questions, and this class is designed to look at the mystery of death and answer some...

...of those questions. What you have just heard our sound bites from some of the lectures in a seven part lecture series entitled a Christian ending to our lives. patristic nectar publications invites you to download the first of these seven lectures here at ancient faith radio. For more information and the remaining lectures, please visit our website at www dot patristic nectar dot org. And now here's father Josiah, with the Sunday homily, name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit, one God. I greet your brothers and sisters on this Christmas Eve vesperal Liturgy of same basil the great, and I want to say a word to you about some of the readings that you just heard, these magnificent Old Testament texts foreshadowing the birth of Christ, some so clearly,...

...like isaiahs prophecy that the virgin would conceive and give birth to a child who would be Emmanuel, God with us, and other prophecies about the Kingdom of this special child, this kingdom that would come and would crush the kingdoms of this world. The language in the translation we read said would beat to pieces the kingdoms of this world, Rome and Greece and Persia and Babylon. You know, on Sunday I attempted my poor way to explain what was behind the stumbling block that so many Jewish leaders found in not being able to accept Christ because he hadn't delivered them from the political oppression of the Romans, and I...

...posed I shared that comment, that modern recent comment of the Jewish rabbi who said that he and his Jewish fellows did not believe in Christ because Christ did not do what the Messiah was promised to do. In my homily I attempted to assert the church's teaching that we don't mourn the fact that Jesus didn't come and put the Romans under his feet, that he didn't come and establish complete political apeace. We don't mourn that he did less than the prophets foretold. We rejoiced that he did far, far more than they ever dreamed, confronting not just earthly Pharaohs but Satan himself, freeing us not just from a lack of political or civil liberty, but freeing us from the grip the Dominion of Sin. But you heard in these beautiful prophecies today that there are also many...

...things yet to come. Jesus has done the great action in establishing his mighty kingdom and crushing the power of the evil one and the dominion of death. But there is a day coming, brothers and sisters, when evil itself will be put in the depths of the earth, when itself will be thrown into the lake of fire, and the hand of that holy angels will drop the beast and Satan himself and death into the lake of fire to be consumed and removed, when these promises about the increase of his peace having no end and the knowledge of God filling the Earth as the waters cover the sea, when they come to pass in fullness. The stumbling block for the Jews and for some Christians today who still think in Jewish ways. The stumbling block is that...

...they did not see clearly the movement that Jesus accomplished in his redemptive acts. St Augustine, the Great Bishop of Hippo, describes it like this. The prophets foretold the magnificent establishment of God's kingdom from a distance, in shadows, looking at the Great Mountain that was prophesied by Daniel from the long distance. But we who have experienced it, as we became closer to the mountain, were able to see in fact that it was established in two movements, not one, that there were in fact two peaks. This is something that we experience. I'm sure you've experienced that many times living in southern California, we're surrounded by the San Gabriels. We often drive right along the San Gabriel Mountain and just behind them are the Sanberdadino mountains and they overlap. A significant portion of the mountain ranges overlap. If you're driving up let's say the sixty or...

...the better yet, the the one hundred and five to the what is that for the five? You're coming up the five and you're looking northeast, you can sometimes see parts of both mountain ranges and from a distance you might think that they are the same mountain range, until you get close enough to discern one is closer one is farther away. When you're actually upon the mountains, it's a different story. And this is in fact what happened as the movement of the prophets, what they foresaw from a distance, as that redemptive time drew near. When we were upon it, we saw that the Messiah came, but he established his kingdom in two movements. First he dealt with the most important matters, the unseen evil itself, Sin, atoning for sin and taking death by the throat, and then, in his great wisdom, he...

...allowed the kingdom which he has established to be established in its form, without fullness, without its completion. He didn't, in his first coming, insist at every man account for his life. He didn't bring the great judgment upon everyone. He defeated Satan and then he sent a call through his disciples to every man and woman and every child in the whole world to calm and drink of this new fountain which he had caused to spring forth from his grave, to come to taste the goodness of the Lord and his salvation. In his patience and his magnificent patience, he gave the world an opportunity to be saved before his second and glorious advent, when every need will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, when the books will come forth from the presence of God of everyone's deeds and the book of life will be opened...

...and every person will account for every thought, word, indeed every action of in the heart and mind that they've ever done. So this which is a stumbling block to those Jews who saw dimly and wanted it all at once. They didn't know what they were asking for and it wasn't God's will. His will was to bring his mighty kingdom and to first establish it in the hearts of his faithful and through those hearts, and through the most powerful weapon for righteousness, which is selfless Christ like love, to bring the world its chance, it's opportunity, to be saved. And only then, when the last believer has been made, when the full number of the chosen has come to pass, then the end of history will take place, and all of these...

...promises will see and will delight in them, as the knowledge of God is the only knowledge in the world. This is what's coming, this is what begins tonight with the birth of Christ on their earth. So think, eclesially have the mind of Christ, the mind of the church, and if you can rejoice in this truth and how people to get it, to make the most of the time now on them. We hope that you have enjoyed and have been edified by this presentation offered to you by Patristic Nectar Publications, a nonprofit organization committed to nourishing this spiritually thirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. Until next time,.

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