Speak Lord: Lord then, now and forever.

St John, Lateran

The first reading on Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, comes from the Book of the Apocalypse, the Book of Revelation.

It begins with a direct address to those who listen, immediately connecting person to person, across the denturies and cultures. It is a powerful witness to the very real unity of the Church in Christ.

My name is John, and through our union in Jesus I am your brother and share your sufferings, your kingdom, and all you endure. I was on the island of Patmos for having preached God’s word and witnessed for Jesus; it was the Lord’s day and the Spirit possessed me, and I heard a voice behind me, shouting like a trumpet, ‘Write down all that you see in a book.’ I turned round to see who had spoken to me, and when I turned I saw seven golden lamp-stands and, surrounded by them, a figure like a Son of man, dressed in a long robe tied at the waist with a golden girdle.

When I saw him, I fell in a dead faint at his feet, but he touched me with his right hand and said, ‘Do not be afraid; it is I, the First and the Last; I am the Living One, I was dead and now I am to live for ever and ever, and I hold the keys of death and of the underworld. Now write down all that you see of present happenings and things that are still to come.’

Apocalypse 1:9-13,17-19

If we read the book the first chapters also offers a real challenge to those who presume and assume unity with Christ, when their life and discipleship contradicts it.

However in the Easter season the compilers of the Lectionary offer us an easier ride.

Here, John assures us he shares our sufferings, kingdom, and all we endure.

  • What are they?
  • How do they reveal to us of our present need for the Good News of Jesus Christ?
  • How might we more faithfully respond to his Lordship?

St John, statue in St John Lateran. (c) 2016, Allen Morris

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