The Book of the Apocalypse has all sorts of images and descriptions that are not that easy to understand. What is most important for us today is the hope that it inspired in the hearts of believers undergoing persecution. All of us will struggle at one time or another in our Christian journey. What is important is whether or not we will persevere through to victory. Let us pray for the grace to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and the promises He has given to us.
1 Then I saw an angel come down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the abyss and a heavy chain. 2 He seized the dragon, the ancient serpent, which is the Devil or Satan, and tied it up for a thousand years 3 and threw it into the abyss, which he locked over it and sealed, so that it could no longer lead the nations astray until the thousand years are completed. After this, it is to be released for a short time. 4 Then I saw thrones; those who sat on them were entrusted with judgment. I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshipped the beast or its image nor had accepted its mark on their foreheads or hands. They came to life and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 11 Next I saw a large white throne and the one who was sitting on it. The earth and the sky fled from his presence and there was no place for them. 12 I saw the dead, the great and the lowly, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened. Then another scroll was opened, the book of life. The dead were judged according to their deeds, by what was written in the scrolls. 13 The sea gave up its dead; then Death and Hades gave up their dead. All the dead were judged according to their deeds. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the pool of fire. (This pool of fire is the second death.) 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the pool of fire. 21: 1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
P S A L M
Psalm 84:3, 4, 5-6, 8
R: Here God lives among his people.
2  My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD. My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. (R) 3  Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest in which she puts her young ? your altars, O LORD of hosts, my king and my God! (R) 4  Blessed they who dwell in your house! Continually they praise you. 5  Blessed the men whose strength you are! 7  They go from strength to strength. (R)
G O S P E L
Jesus affirms that His word is everlasting. This means that the promises that He makes to us will always be fulfilled. We cannot know the mind of God perfectly so sometimes the fulfillment of His promises might not be according to the time frame that we were hoping. Whatever, the timing of the Lord, whatever will be His decision in regard to our request, let us make a choice to place our trust in him and work for and await patiently the completion of His work in us.
29 He taught them a lesson. ?Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. 30 When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; 31 in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
think: All of us will struggle at one time or another in our Christian journey ? what is important is whether or not we will persevere through to victory.
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