I, John, heard a voice speaking to me: ‘Very soon now, I shall be with you again, bringing the reward to be given to every man according to what he deserves. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Happy are those who will have washed their robes clean, so that they will have the right to feed on the tree of life and can come through the gates into the city.’
I, Jesus, have sent my angel to make these revelations to you for the sake of the churches. I am of David’s line, the root of David and the bright star of the morning.
The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ Let everyone who listens answer, ‘Come.’ Then let all who are thirsty come: all who want it may have the water of life, and have it free.
The one who guarantees these revelations repeats his promise: I shall indeed be with you soon. Amen; come, Lord Jesus.
2nd Reading for the 7th Sunday of Easter
God, as Christians know God, is One, but also Three. Community is inherent to God’s being, and made known in a particular way in the Incarnation of the Word, and the working of the Holy Spirit.
Community is also constitutive of human beings. We cannot be ourselves, alone. For our flourishing God calls us to communion with him, but also with each other in the Church, but also with all people (our neighbours)
All are called, all are welcome.
Stained glass. Couvent des Jacobins, Toulouse. Photograph (c) 2018, Allen Morris.