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Sacrament of Reason (Part Two)

December 27, 2013

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Consider Luke 2. 5-19. Some believe this area of Holy Scripture has to do with the end times. My question to these is: how many earthquakes must pass before the earthquakes signifying the end? How many famines? Pestilences? Fearful sights? Great signs from heaven? Which one is the beginning of the end?

Or … are we really looking at the end of a beginning? Is this area of Holy Scripture telling us that one era is over that another may come forth? Would this be a return–our renewal? Truly, the signs are all there. Man need only to look behind himself to see what trail he has left. This will give him a clue as to his place in the greater scheme of things.

At Christmas, a gift to a family member was a thick, grey robe. When he put it on, another family member said: you look like Denethor ( Steward of Gondor in The Return of the King, which is the third and final part in LORD OF THE RINGS). We laughed for a good ten minutes! I still laugh when I see the image of him wearing this robe … interestingly, I have been seeing glimpses of Denethor, or a face like Denethor’s ever since (long hair and all), and the idea of a “steward of ” has stuck boldly in my mind. The truth is, I have long thought of LOTR as a prophetic piece of literature. So, a reasonable question might be: Are we in that type of return, where mankind moves from steward of this place to kingship of another? In LOTR, Aragorn says to the horseriders of Rohan …

I am Aragorn son of Arathorn, and am called Elessar, the Elfstone, Dúnadain, the heir of Isildur Elendil’s son of Gondor. Here is the sword that was broken and is forged again! Will you aid me or thwart me? Choose swiftly!

If you are familiar with Aragon’s place as one of the Dúnadain (Tolkien refers to them as “the men of the west”), you know that he is blessed with long life, and has special gifts.

Another valuable question might be: What are we fighting that we might return? I am not at all of the belief that it is the world of man that we return to, nor am I of the Faith that we are saving the world of man, but it may be that a lost race must be renewed.

Holy Scripture really is a Work of Art. It has the imagery and symbology of heaven and hell in its wake. It surges forward as we pull back in time, much like the tide upon the shore. If man is the shore where water is the return … then it just may be that the Ark will find its home in the skies.

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Peace and Love.

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