Who is this that comes from far?

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"Who is this that comes from far?" by Kaitlyn Mason (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2017 Kaitlyn Mason. All rights reserved.

Who is this that comes from far? With his garments dipped in blood?
Strong triumphant traveler, is he man or is He God?
I that reign in righteousness, Son of God and man I am.
Mighty to redeem your race, Jesus is your Savior’s name.

Hark! the trumpet’s awful voice, sounds abroad o’er sea and land.
Let His people now rejoice, their redemption is at hand.
I that reign in righteousness, Son of God and man I am.
Mighty to redeem your race, Jesus is your Savior’s name.

See the Lord appears in view, Heaven and earth before Him fly.
Rise ye saints He comes for you, rise to meet Him in the sky.
I that reign in righteousness, Son of God and man I am.
Mighty to redeem your race, Jesus is your Savior’s name. 

This old hymn has stayed with me for so many years. I wish so much I could share with you the rich version that we sang in my school choir, with layers of harmony wrapping around its pulsing melody (audio of the tune is available here).

The hymn begs the question of us: who is this that comes from far? Who is this child born and placed where animals feed? Who is this man with blood on his garments, stains of a brutal death suffered in innocence? Who is this triumphant traveler, traveling through the ancient land of Galilee, through the hills of Judea, through the pages of the Gospel, and through the veil of death itself?

It beckons us to answer this question before the trumpet, before the Lord appears in view: Who is this man?

If Christ appears in view today in the skies, in the Heavens, will we believe it is our Lord? Will we know to rise to Him and meet Him in the skies?

Rise ye saints, it says. Do we have the courage to seek Christ’s mercy enough to count ourselves among that number? Do we have the courage to rise and meet Him in the sky?

Christ comes for us each day. Let us rise to meet Him in the sky. Let us rise to meet Him daily in the Temples of our hearts.

So, who is this man, Jesus Christ? This man who is mighty to redeem our race?

Jesus is your Savior’s name.

Let us run to Him now in this great time of mercy, long before the trumpet’s awful voice. Let us return to Him now out of sincere love while there is still time. Better for us to turn to Him now out of sincere love than out of fear when He finally does appear in view at the great time of justice.

He is waiting now for our love. The most beautiful Divine Mercy is waiting for all of us. God is rich and abundant in Mercy. Mercy is our Savior’s name.

Who in your life could benefit from Christ’s message of mercy today? Let us be merciful with one another, that others might see Mercy in us.


Copyright 2017 Kaitlyn Mason

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Kaitlyn Clare Elizabeth Mason is a Catholic wife and mother to 4 children. She is on a mission to share Divine Mercy with the world as quickly as possible.  Writer, dreamer, non-caffeinated hot beverage drinker, urban homesteader in training, and co-director of Mary Garden Showers, Kaitlyn is currently working on her first book and planning the second. Follow her writings online at Simply Divine Mercy.

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