Making Scripture a Part of Us I stumble a few songs on the radio upon that I know the words or the melody, and I can sing or hum along. You could almost say that the song was a part of me; it was so well known that it became part of who I am. … Continue reading John Eats the Scroll
A Covenant Document For a portion of my life, I believed the number seven dealt with perfection, but when you study the number seven in the Old Testament, you come to realize that this number deals more with a covenant rather than perfection. So this is what we are dealing with here, a scroll of … Continue reading The Lamb of God
The Mass as Heaven on Earth Another book I use to help in interpreting the book of Revelation is The Lamb’s Supper by Scott Hahn. He subtitles his book the Mass as Heaven on Earth. In his book, he explains that when he first attended Mass as a Protestant minister, he says, “As the Mass … Continue reading The First Vision of Heaven
To the Church in Sardis These words jumped off the page, “I know your works, that you have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.” These words, to me, are striking and scary. Could our Church be like Sardis? Could our Church appear to be alive but on the inside dead? I would … Continue reading Churches in Sardis and Laodicea
My Study of Revelation My seminary professor assigned us a big project for our class on John. We studied the Gospel of John and the book of Revelation in this class. It may not sound like a lot but these two books are some of the more complex and deep theological books in the Bible. … Continue reading Reflections on Revelation
During Year C of the lectionary cycle, our second reading is taken exclusively from the Book of Revelation during Easter. Our lectionary does not share much about this book but we do have readings from it every other year at daily mass in the last two weeks of Ordinary Time. Before I studied this book, … Continue reading The Book of Revelation
I'm going to split my reflections into two parts this morning. The first will be on Babylon the Great and who she represents. Elsewhere in revelation, she is called a PG-13 word that I will leave out of this post. You likely have heard she represents the Catholic Church I will attempt to explain why … Continue reading Who is Babylon the Great?
I'd like to share some more thoughts from Revelation up to this point that I have yet to comment on or that the lectionary skipped over in the weekly cycle of readings. These are important passages that I think we should understand and will help our faith to understand. A Scroll with Seven Seals? Revelation … Continue reading Important Aspects of Revelation
To be honest when I first read the passage for today's readings I didn't know what to make of it. Revelation takes an interesting twist to begin to talk about a farmer and his sickle and that the son of man has the sickle and that some of the harvest will be thrown into the … Continue reading Is Heaven like a Farm?
Our path through Revelation continues in the Lectionary this Monday morning with a reading from the 14th Chapter in Revelation. It tells us there are 144,000 standing on Mount Zion before the lamb, with the father's name written on their forehead. I've always wondered will only 144,000 make it into heaven? Will only 144,000 be … Continue reading Are you a part of the 144,000?