1 Then I saw another portent in heaven, great and wonderful, seven angels with seven plagues, which are the last, for with them the wrath of God is ended.
2 And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name, standing beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands.
3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and wonderful are thy deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are thy ways, O King of the ages!4 Who shall not fear and glorify thy name, O Lord? For thou alone art holy. All nations shall come and worship thee, for thy judgments have been revealed.”
12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake.
13 This will be a time for you to bear testimony.
14 Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand how to answer;
15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.
16 You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death;17 you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.18 But not a hair of your head will perish.19 By your endurance you will gain your lives.
St JOHN describe the seven angels and the final seven plagues ending the wrath of God, calling His people to a “sea of glass,” alluding to heaven, the place God has prepared for His people who are in a perfect state of grace. Those who have conquered the earth—beat the odds without compromising the faith, shall sing, worship and glorify the Lord in His kingdom.
THE GOSPEL READING: Christ prepare the apostles for their inevitable final encounter with evil, when they shall be apprehended, imprisoned and brought before secular dictators who shall interrogate them; some will be handed over by family members and be put to death. Christ comfort the twelve that despite the trauma and pain they may be exposed to, they shall prevail and endure whatever crisis they encounter, moreover they will not loose their lives for He will be at their side!
On the face of it, pain, suffering and persecution are not welcomed by all of us, however our human experience inform us that we cannot avoid undergoing these adverse situations or conditions.Heaven is certainly not a place for the fainthearted milquetoast who forever grumble about our situation, it is however for those who tolerate, endure and withstand all manner of pain and suffering for the sake of the conversion of our enemies. We are called to remain steadfast in our faith; have a healthy joyous tolerance and endurance for pain, forgiving those who hate us to the extent that we continue to love and pray for our enemies. As for defending the gospel truth, the Holy Spirit shall speak on our behalf.
LET US PRAY:Psalms 98:1-3, 7-9 1 A Psalm.
O sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory.2 The LORD has made known his victory, he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it!8 Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together9 before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.
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