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Saturday, October 31, 2020
From the Desk of Fr. Ron....
The Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament of the Bible, has often fascinated people. The writer, “John,” was exiled because of his faith in Jesus on the island of Patmos, a Roman penal colony. The book uses grand symbolism borrowed from many Old Testament texts especially that of Ezekiel, Zachariah and the prophet Daniel. Chapter four and following gives us a symbolic tour of heavenly realms.
Biblical Theologian, Scott Hahn, compares the images of these chapters to that of a “Heavenly Liturgy” or heavenly public worship compete with the smoke of incense, an altar of sacrifice, the lamb of sacrifice, the choirs of angels and crowds of witnesses all chanting God’s praise.
This weekend, because November 1st falls on the weekend, we take time to celebrate “All Saints Day” during our normal weekend worship. We should see ourselves in some of the images relayed in the Book of Revelation. Where are you in the account?
St. John, in the second reading, helps us realize that we are God’s children right now. What we shall later be, our life in the Kingdom, has not yet been revealed to us. But as he indicates, we are God’s children right now. We are made so by our Baptism, strengthened by the Holy Spirit, and fed weekly and for some daily by the Eucharistic Lamb of Sacrifice; the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
What sort of people then should we be? We should be those who put on the attitudes of Christ Jesus. We need to be: poor in spirit, meek and humble of heart, desiring right relationships with God and one another, merciful, clean of heart and known to be peacemakers among others. Even if we suffer insult because of our witness we still need to be faithful.
May all the Saints whom we celebrate today, assist us and help us prepare ourselves for our place in heavenly worship.