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THERE SHALL COME A KINGDOM OF LIGHT THAT WILL LAST FOREVER
Fr. Steven Scherrer, MM, ThD
Homily of Monday, Christmas Eve, December 24, 2012
2 Sam. 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16, Ps. 88, Luke 1:67-79


"And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever" (2 Sam. 7:16).


Jesus Christ came from the house and lineage of David and inherited his kingdom and throne, and reigns until today. His kingdom and his throne are forever. Christ fulfilled this prophecy made to David: "Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever" (2 Sam. 7:16). God promised David: "Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations" (Ps. 88:4 KJV). About David, God promised: "His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven ... His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the Sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven" (Ps. 88:29, 36-37 KVJ). The angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would bear a son, "and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end" (Luke 1:32-33).


We now live in this kingdom. It is a universal and everlasting kingdom of heavenly peace and divine light over all the earth forever. All who believe in Christ are members of this kingdom that is within them, "for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:21 KJV).


Jesus Christ is the king who lives within us who believe in him (John 14:23). He divinizes us with his own divinity, filling us with himself, with his divine life and grace. He forgives our sins when we repent and put our faith and trust in him, and thus he removes from our heart the pain and depression caused by guilt for having sinned-even in small things. He himself bears our sins, suffering their just punishment on the cross to be able to justly forgive us and give us the gift of his peace (John 14:27).


Tomorrow we celebrate Christmas, the coming of this great salvation into the world. What a great difference there is between those who live in his kingdom and those who still do not know him! Today's liturgy underlines this difference: "Today you shall know that the Lord will come: and tomorrow you shall see his glory." "Tomorrow the iniquity of the earth will be removed: and the Savior of the world shall reign over us." "Tomorrow salvation shall be with you, says the Lord of hosts." "Judea and Jerusalem, fear not: tomorrow you shall go forth, and the Lord will be with you, alleluia" (Antiphons, Lauds, Old Office). "Sanctify yourselves today, and be prepared: for tomorrow you shall see the Majesty of God within you." "Sanctify yourselves, sons of Israel, says the Lord: for tomorrow the Lord will come down, and remove from you all weakness. Tomorrow the iniquity of the earth will be taken away, and the Savior of the world shall reign over us." (Responsories, Vigils, Old Office).


Actually by faith we already live today in this "tomorrow," for today is the day of salvation; yet we hope for a fuller, richer experience of it tomorrow. Every day we hope to draw closer to the full reality of this kingdom of peace, for each day our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. Christ is now with us, but we celebrate his birth tomorrow, and so tomorrow we will rejoice for all that he has done for us, uniting us to himself by dwelling within us (John 14:23), filling us with his light, peace, life, and spiritual joy. In his death is our salvation from our sins that depress us. But when we repent with faith, he justifies us anew, filling us with his own glorious righteousness that shines within us, illuminating us once again. Then we try always to do his will to avoid falling into depression soon again for having sinned. Thus we shall walk in his light, for he told us, "I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John 8:12).

 

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