"The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him."
10th Day: REBELLION AGAINST OUR KING
What do we mean by rebellion? We mean refusal
to submit to the lawful authority of the King, to
whose dominion the rebel is subject; it involves
a desire, actual or virtual, to shake off his yoke, and
even to dethrone him if opportunity offers. Let us
see how this applies to those, who are rebels
against Jesus Christ our King.
The rebellion of man was not the first instance
of rebellion that the universe had witnessed.
Previously a vast number of beings far superior
to him had declared open revolt. They were
conscious of their own excellence, and began to
esteem themselves by reason of it, forgetting that
they had received it from God. And when He required
of them that they should adore, they rose
in rebellion, and refused to obey. Every act of willful
disobedience of which I am guilty is therefore
some approach to the sin that consigned the devils
Why was this so grievous, so unpardonable?
It was because of the wonderful graces and gifts
God had bestowed upon them, because of the very
nobility of their nature. It was also because it was
a sin, not of weakness, but of malice, pure and
simple. There was nothing to be gained by it, except
an imagined liberty. It was the pure craving
of self-will for indulgence. Is not this the character
of many of my offenses, which thus makes me like
to the devils?
Did God forgive the angels who rebelled?
Had they a chance of retrieving themselves? No,
not one. They were cast down for ever into hell.
Hence if God has forgiven my offenses against my
King, it is owing simply to His gratuitous mercy