The Sunday readings today (in the US) celebrate The Epiphany of the Lord and they are very beautiful and full of hope. The readings are not just about hope, which is beautiful in and of itself, but the fulfillment of hope: “Rise […]
We are nearing the end of the liturgical year this week, and the readings for Mass have begun to focus on the end times. The first reading from the book of Revelation describes the harvest of souls at the end of the world. It describes “one like a son of man” sitting on a cloud, and two angels come out of the temple in heaven, to tell him to swing his sickle and harvest the earth.
The first words Saint John wrote in today’s first reading for Mass is a bit unusual in the bible. He started this reading by saying, “Chosen Lady.” That is actually the theme of all of the readings for Mass today too, though. The gospel is about being “chosen” by the Lord Jesus during what most Protestants call the End Times.
“Every Kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house. And if Satan is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand?” Entire books could be written about just these two verses that Jesus spoke […]