Sunday Devotional: Maranatha!

The word Maranatha (either maranâ thâ’ or maran ‘athâ’ ) is a two-word Aramaic formula, the language spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ. The word occurs only once in the New Testament, 1Cor 16:22, and in the Didache, which is part of the Apostolic Fathers’ collection. Maranatha is translated as either “Our Lord has come” or the anticipatory “Come, Lord Jesus!”.
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2 Peter 3:8, 10

[W]ith the Lord one day is like a thousand years
and a thousand years like one day….
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief,
and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar
and the elements will be dissolved by fire,
and the earth and everything done on it will be found out.

Jesus with angels

Isaiah 40:3-5

A voice cries out:
In the desert prepare the way of the Lord!
Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!
Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill shall be made low;
the rugged land shall be made a plain,
the rough country, a broad valley.
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together;
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

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2 Peter 3:9, 11-14

The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,”
but he is patient with you,
not wishing that any should perish
but that all should come to repentance.

Since everything is to be dissolved in this way,
what sort of persons ought you to be,
conducting yourselves in holiness and devotion,
waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God,
because of which the heavens will be dissolved in flames
and the elements melted by fire.
But according to his promise
we await new heavens and a new earth
in which righteousness dwells.
Therefore, beloved, since you await these things,
be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace.

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And on that day . . . .

Psalm 85:11-12

Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.

Note: In Jewish tradition, St. Michael the Archangel is believed to be the author of Psalm 85.
Peace and Love of our Lord be with you!

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5 years ago

“Maranatha!” Can I hear an amen? Yes, although I’ve already said it, and I will joyfully repeat it. However, St. Peter’s telling us that the Lord is patient that all may come to repentance shows us that His love extends to all beside ourselves.
Dr. Eowyn, thank you for the complete picture.

5 years ago

My three mystic unions w/Godhead gave me the reality of the verse: “With the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years like one day.” This is why we need to develop what Dr George Gamow called for, a familar, easy thinking in 100,000 year terms!

5 years ago

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this beautiful post. The Readings of the Liturgy of the Word at Mass this weekend are profound and wonderful. The pictures are great.