REV 20:1-4,11-15; 21:1-2
1 I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain.
2 And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years,
3 and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years were ended. After that he must be loosed for a little while.
4 Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom judgment was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshipped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life, and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who sat upon it; from his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, by what they had done.
13 And the sea gave up the dead in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead in them, and all were judged by what they had done.14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire;
15 and if any one’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband;
29 And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees;30 as soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near.31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.32 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all has taken place.33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
St John is appraised that after one thousand years the Devil shall be bound and thrown into a bottemless pit, whilst the souls of the saints will be raised to reign with God for one thousand years—a symbolic expression that depict a very long time—during which Satan will be reigned in and restricted, because the supernatural effects of the Holy Sacraments of the Church will dispel Satan and his allures.
During this period the ressurection of the faithfull elect will come about, to reign in heaven after which Satan will be released and allowed to create havoc upon the earth, followed by the day of judgement when those who did not live the faith will be cast into the lake of fire.
THE GOSPEL READING: Our Lord prophecy that a day shall come when the fig tree which was a symbol of sin, shall blossom, implying that His people shall be consecrated to the Father whereby they would be— wonderfully surprised—“[to] find grapes in the desert” (Hosea 9:10), the first fruits of the figtree. These prophetic words of Christ suggest that His teachings shall not pass away because He will find a nesting place in the hearts of those who formerly doubted Him.Christ allude to Nathana-el (Jn 1:46-48) who was pleasantly surprised to meet, sit at his feet and be fed and journey with the long awaited King of Israel.
Christ longeth to nest, dwell and be the King of our hearts and minds. In other words we must stop covering our sin with fig leaves (Gen 3:7), implying that we must approach the confessional and altar of sacrifice, whereby the words of Christ ennumerated “in personi christi” by the priest, shall transform the fruit of the Vine and bread into the blood and flesh of Christ, to bring forgiveness (Mt 26:28) transforming our dry barren state into His fruitful image and likeness!
LET US PRAY:Psalms 84:3-6,8
3 Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at thy altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in thy house, ever singing thy praise! [Selah]
5 Blessed are the men whose strength is in thee, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.6 As they go through the valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools.8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! [Selah]
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