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Prologue to Pentecost

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus

In Greek mythology Prometheus had to suffer Zeus’ punishment for his act of charity in regards to mankind. Prometheus stole fire for mankind.

Prometheus

Prometheus was the wisest Titan. His name means “forethought” and he was able to foretell the future. He was the son of Iapetus . When Zeus revolted against Cronus Prometheus deserted the other Titans and fought on Zeus side.

By some accounts he and his brother Epimetheus were delegated by Zeus to create man. In all accounts, Prometheus is known as the protector and benefactor of man. He gave mankind a number of gifts including fire. He also tricked Zeus into allowing man to keep the best part of the animals sacrificed to the gods and to give the gods the worst parts.

For this Zeus punished Prometheus by having him chained to a rock with an eagle tearing at his liver. He was to be left there for all eternity or until he agreed to disclose to Zeus which of Zeus children would try to replace him. He was eventually rescued by Heracles without giving in to Zeus.

http://edweb.sdsu.edu/people/bdodge/scaffold/GG/titan.html#Prometheus

Our Lord had to suffer for our sins. Following His death and Resurrection the Holy Spirit descended upon mankind.

The Old Testament bears witness to the pillars of fire, which descended from Heaven to consume the offerings and the sacrifice of the Judaic pilgrim people of God (1 Kings 18:37-39). As such the action of fire descending from the skies is in itself not a representation of God’s Divinity even though evidently a mysterious and supernatural event. The antichrist brings down fire in full view of mankind (Revelation 13:13-14). So does modern technology bring fire down from the skies, during WWII at Hiroshima and Nagasaki the destructive power of the atom was released. However, so will the Lord bring fire down to Earth on Judgement Day (2 Thessalonians 1:7). The Lord’s fire descends to consume a sacrifice or for the purification and atonement of our sins.

 

 

http://www.maronite-heritage.com/assets/images/db_images/db_43-Pentecost1.jpg

The best example of fire descending from Heaven were the events taking place at Pentecost. Following the sacrifice of the Lamb (Our Lord) for the atonement of mankind’s sins and its redemption, the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles in the upper room. As the Greek Prometheus presented fire as a gift for mankind to essentially cook food making it edible, the Holy Spirit ‘cooks’ our beings, consuming the dross of our imperfections making us palatable and presentable before God. Prometheus represented ‘forethought.’ This quality (forethought-wisdom) plentifully abounded in King Solomon who had asked the Lord for one gift that is to discern between what was good and what was evil. The Lord was pleased and gave wisdom to Solomon for proper sovereignty, which after all means protection. The concept of protection runs constantly through Salvation History, here below is represented a few examples of God’s protection to Joshua and King David and his people.

 

Joshua

8 Yahweh said to Joshua, *Do not be afraid of these people; I have put them at your mercy; not one of them will put up any resistance.*9 Having marched from Gilgal throughout the night, Joshua caught them unawares. 10 Yahweh threw them into disorder at the sight of Israel, defeating them completely at Gibeon; furthermore, he pursued them by way of the Descent of Beth*Horon and harassed them as far as Azekah (and as far as Makkedah).11 And as they fled from Israel down the Descent of Beth*Horon, Yahweh hurled huge hailstones from heaven on them all the way to Azekah, and they died. More of them died under the hailstones than under the swords of the Israelites.12 Joshua then spoke to Yahweh, the day  Yahweh delivered the Amorites to the Israelites. In the presence of Israel, Joshua said: Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and, moon, you too, over the Vale of Aijalon!13 And the sun stood still, and the moon halted, until the people had taken vengeance on their enemies. Is this not written in the Book of the Just? The sun stood still in the middle of the sky and delayed its setting for almost a whole day. 14 There was never a day like that before or since, when Yahweh obeyed the voice of a man*for Yahweh was fighting for Israel. Yahweh obeyed the voice of a man*for Yahweh was fighting for Israel.

 

Joshua  

7 The kings of the country whom Joshua and the Israelites conquered on the nearer, western side of the Jordan, from Baal*Gad in the Vale of Lebanon to Mount Halak rising towards Seir, and whose heritage Joshua distributed to the tribes of Israel, dividing it up between them, were as follows: 8 In the highlands and the lowlands, in the Arabah and in the watered foothills, in the desert and in the Negeb, belonging to the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites: 9 the king of Jericho, one; the king of Ai near Bethel, one;

10 the king of Jerusalem, one; the king of Hebron, one;
11 the king of Jarmuth, one; the king of Lachish, one;
12 the king of Eglon, one; the king of Gezer, one;
13 the king of Debir, one; the king of Geder, one;
14 the king of Hormah, one; the king of Arad, one;
15 the king of Libnah, one; the king of Adullam, one;
16 the king of Makkedah, one; the king of Bethel, one;
17 the king of Tappuah, one; the king of Hepher, one;
18 the king of Aphek, one; the king of Sharon, one;
19 the king of Merom, one; the king of Hazor, one;
20 the king of Shimron Meron, one; the king of Achshaph, one;
21 the king of Taanach, one; the king of Megiddo, one;
22 the king of Kedesh, one; the king of Jokneam in Carmel, one;
23 the king of Dor, on the Slopes of Dor, one; the king of the nations in Galilee, one;
24 the king of Tirzah, one; Total number of all these kings: thirty*one.
http://www.catholic.org/bible/book.php?id=6&bible_chapter=12

2 Samuel

8 These are the names of David’s champions: Ishbaal the Hachmonite leader of the Three; it was he who brandished his battle-axe over eight hundred men whom he had killed at one time.9 Next, there was Eleazar son of Dodo, the Ahohite, one of the three champions. He was with David at Pas*Dammim when the Philistines mustered for battle there and the men of Israel had disbanded. 10 But he stood his ground and cut down the Philistines until his hand was so stiff that he could not let go of the sword. Yahweh brought about a great victory that day, and the people rallied behind him, although only to plunder.11 Next, there was Shamma son of Elah, the Hararite. The Philistines had mustered at Lehi. There was a field full of lentils there; the people fled from the Philistines,  12 but he took his stand in the middle of the field, held it, and cut down the Philistines; and Yahweh brought about a great victory.13 Three members of the Thirty went down at the beginning of the harvest and came to David at the Cave of Adullam while a company of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of the Rephaim. 14 David was then in the stronghold, and there was a Philistine garrison in Bethlehem. 15 Longingly David said, *If only someone would fetch me a drink of water from the well that stands by the gate at Bethlehem!* 16 At this, the three champions, forcing their way through the Philistine camp, drew water from the well that stands by the gate of Bethlehem and, taking it away, presented it to David. He, however, would not drink any of it, but poured it out as a libation to Yahweh. 17 *Yahweh preserve me*, he said, *from doing such a thing! This is the blood of men who went at risk of their lives.* That was why he would not drink. Such were the deeds of these three champions. 18 Abishai, brother of Joab and son of Zeruiah, was leader of the Thirty. It was he who brandished his spear over three hundred men whom he had killed, winning himself a name among the Thirty. 19 He was a most illustrious member of the Thirty and became their captain, but he was not equal to the Three. 20 Benaiah of Kabzeel was the son of Jehoiada and hero of many exploits. He it was who slaughtered two formidable Moabites and, one snowy day, climbed down and slaughtered the lion in the storage*well. 21 He also slaughtered an Egyptian of great stature. The Egyptian was armed with a spear, but he took him on with a staff, tore the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed the man with it. 22 Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada, winning him a name among the thirty champions. 23 He was a most illustrious member of the Thirty, but he was not equal to the Three.

David put him in command of his bodyguard.

24 Asahel brother of Joab was one of the Thirty; Elhanan son of Dodo, of Bethlehem;

25 Shammah of Harod; Elika of Harod;

26 Helez of Beth*Pelet; Ira son of Ikkesh, of Tekoa;

27 Abiezer of Anathoth; Sibbecai of Hushah;

28 Zalmon of Ahoh; Maharai of Netophah;

29 Heled son of Baanah, of Netophah; Ittai son of Ribai, of Gibeah in Benjamin;

30 Benaiah of Pirathon; Hiddai of the Torrents of Gaash;

31 Abibaal of Beth*ha*Arabah; Azmaveth of Bahurim;

32 Eliahba of Shaalbon; Jashen of Gimzo; Jonathan

33 son of Shammah, of Harar; Ahiam son of Sharar, of Harar;

34 Eliphelet son of Ahasbai, of Beth*Maacah; Eliam son of Ahithophel, of Gilo;

 

35 Hezro of Carmel; Paarai of Arab;
36 Igal son of Nathan, of Zobah; Bani the Gadite;
37 Zelek the Ammonite; Naharai of Beeroth squire to Joab, son of Zeruiah;
38 Ira of Jattir; Gareb of Jattir;
39Uriah the Hittite*
http://www.catholic.org/bible/book.php?id=6&bible_chapter=10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upper Room on Mount Zion, Jerusalem, St Mary of Zion. Coenaculum.

http://www.sacred-destinations.com/israel/jerusalem-last-supper-room.htm

http://www.netours.com/jrs/2003/upperroom.htm

Mary’s Presence – http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/audiences/alpha/data/aud19890628en.html

During Pentecost the Holy Spirit also descends upon Our Lady, evidently this had occurred earlier at the Lord’s conception. However, as Our Lady represented the new or eternal Temple of Solomon, the new or eternal Ark of the New Covenant, she was there at the offering of the Lamb’s Sacrifice upon the altar of the Holy Cross and also at the beginning of the Christian Church during Pentecost. This was none other than the continuation of God’s Salvivic Plan for all humanity.

In the book ‘The Lamb’s Supper’ by Scott Hahn (Doubleday, 1999, pg. 97) the author rightly points out that the early Church and the constructed Church of  St Mary of Zion on the same spot where Pentecost occurred in the Upper Room, survived the destruction and the siege of Rome’s Tenth Legion under Titus in 70 A.D. This first structure of a Christian Church survived the destruction while the Judaic Temple was virtually rased to the ground. This happened a second time in 130 A.D. as reported by St Epiphanius.

Unlike the destruction of the second Judaic Temple on Mount Moriah, indeed this early Christian structure was not destroyed during the Roman attack, however it was destroyed at least partially by the Persians in the seventh century and rebuilt by the Crusaders, renamed St Mary of Zion!! This was the same spot where Jesus instituted the Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist is the manna from Heaven which feeds the pilgrim people of God and protects us. During the Passover the early Judaic people were instructed to eat the sacrifice in order for the angel of Our Lord not to chastise them and slay the first born. The Lord’s sacrifice upon the Cross is the todah sacrifice, who eats of his manna is protected. The angel of the Lord arrests plague and God’s chastisements at the threshing-floor on Mount Moriah where Isaac was offered in sacrifice, where the Covenant was invoked and where the Lord offered his Divine Mercy before which no evil can resist.

John

47 In all truth I tell you, everyone who believes has eternal life.48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate manna in the desert and they are dead; 50 but this is the bread which comes down from heaven, so that a person may eat it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.’ 52 Then the Jews started arguing among themselves, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’53 Jesus replied to them: In all truth I tell you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I shall raise that person up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. 56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in that person. 57 As the living Father sent me and I draw life from the Father, so whoever eats me will also draw life from me. 58 This is the bread which has come down from heaven; it is not like the bread our ancestors ate: they are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.

http://www.catholic.org/bible/book.php?id=6&bible_chapter=10

 

The act of eating the Holy Eaucharist is therefore an action by which Our Lord can protect and save us from the eternal fires of Hades (hell) by granting us with eternal life.

 

The Parable of the Virgins

25 ‘Then the kingdom of Heaven will be like this: Ten wedding attendants took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.2 Five of them were foolish and five were sensible: 3 the foolish ones, though they took their lamps, took no oil with them, 4 whereas the sensible ones took flasks of oil as well as their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was late, and they all grew drowsy and fell asleep. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, “Look! The bridegroom! Go out and meet him.” 7 Then all those wedding attendants woke up and trimmed their lamps, 8 and the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, “Give us some of your oil: our lamps are going out.” 9 But they replied, “There may not be enough for us and for you; you had better go to those who sell it and buy some for yourselves.” 10 They had gone off to buy it when the bridegroom arrived. Those who were ready went in with him to the wedding hall and the door was closed. 11 The other attendants arrived later. “Lord, Lord,” they said, “open the door for us.” 12 But he replied, “In truth I tell you, I do not know you.” 13 So stay awake, because you do not know either the day or the hour.

http://www.catholic.org/bible/book.php?id=6&bible_chapter=10

 

The wise virgins represent the Lord’s sheepfold who are saved at His coming.

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