Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5
1 THE revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants what must soon take place; and he made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,2 who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.
3 Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written therein; for the time is near.
4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne,
1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.
2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear evil men but have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and found them to be false;3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.5 Remember then from what you have fallen, repent and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.
35 As he drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging
36 and hearing a multitude going by, he inquired what this meant.37 They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”38 And he cried, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”39 And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
40 And Jesus stopped, and commanded him to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him,41 “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me receive my sight.”42 And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.”43 And immediately he received his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
THE FIRST READING: Seeing the seven burning candles with Christ illuminated in the center holding seven stars, compelled John to prostrate before Him, overwhelmed by the luminous light of Christ who is able to penetrate the heart and mind of man.The light of Christ serves to penetrate all His suffering servants, giving hope to the struggling seven churches. God’s people are called to persevere amidts their pain. Christ almighty also make it known that He is fully aware that they have fallen into sin, wherefore they must repent before the lamp-stand, also known as a monstrance that hold the Holy Eucharist.
St LUKE record the story of a blind man whose curiosity moved him to shout above the hullabaloo of the crowd, who tried to prevent him from calling upon the Son of David to have mercy on him. Upon Jesus’ command, the people brought the blind man for healing to Him.
Remember how we used to sign ourselves with the cross of Christ whenever we pass the Church and no longer do so? Why? Even more agregiously, some leave the pew or look down when the priest elevate the Holy Eucharist for us to adore; worship and converse with Christ. This is the epitome moment of grace when we should shout from our hearts, pleading with Him to heal us from our venial sins. Christ wish to come to those who are not able to receive Him, failing which He will remove His lamp-and withold His grace unless we repent. We must yearn for Him,moreover we are encouraged to come as close to Christ as is possible—join the queue with the hungry weary souls—and with crossed arms, bowing before Christ to receive a blessing from the priest, ‘in persona Christi’
LET US PRAY:Psalms 1:1-4,6
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff which the wind drives away.6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days
Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days
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