Posted by: frburke23 | November 24, 2014

Thought for Monday, 34th Week in Ordinary Time

Revelation 14:1-3, 4B-5

I, John, looked and there was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion,
and with him a hundred and forty-four thousand
who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.
I heard a sound from heaven
like the sound of rushing water or a loud peal of thunder.
The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps.
They were singing what seemed to be a new hymn before the throne,
before the four living creatures and the elders.
No one could learn this hymn except the hundred and forty-four thousand
who had been ransomed from the earth.
These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes.
They have been ransomed as the first fruits
of the human race for God and the Lamb.
On their lips no deceit has been found; they are unblemished.

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As we finish the liturgical year this week we have been reading from the book of Revelation.  This is John’s vision of what heaven is like.  And as Scott Hahn says in his book The Lambs Supper, the book of Revelation is the key to understanding the Mass and the Mass is the key to understanding the book of Revelation.  In other words, he says Revelation is a book that describes the sacred liturgy.  When we are at Mass we participate in the heavenly liturgy; we participate with the angels and saints in their praise of God.

Some people mistakenly think that the 144,000 in this reading means that only 144,000 people will be saved.  What John is describing is a multitude of people gathered around Jesus, the Lamb of God.  God desires that all people be saved and live with Him for all eternity.  However, some use their free will to be celebrated from God for all eternity.

Those “who follow the Lamb wherever he goes” are gathered around Jesus in heaven singing hymns of praise.  They have been purchased at a price – the death of Jesus on the cross. “On their lips no deceit has been found; they are unblemished.” 

I want to be among that throng of people around the Lamb of God for all eternity.  I want to follow the Lamb wherever He goes and wherever He calls me.  One of the ways we prepare our hearts for heaven is by going to Mass.  Mass is a foretaste of the heavenly banquet in which we experience joy beyond our imagination.

Do I prepare my heart for heaven by regularly participating in Mass?

Do I participate actively in Mass by singing, praying, and engaging in the readings?

Do I follow Jesus, the Lamb of God, wherever He leads me?

Peace,

Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com

Here is the Spanish translation:

Apocalipsis 14: 1-3, 4B-5

Yo, Juan, miré y ahí estaba el Cordero de pie sobre el monte Sion,
y con él ciento cuarenta y cuatro mil
que tenía su nombre y el de su Padre escrito en sus frentes.
Oí un estruendo del cielo
como el sonido del agua corriendo o un sonido de gran trueno.
El sonido que oí era como de arpistas que tocaban sus arpas.
Ellos estaban cantando lo que parecía ser un nuevo himno delante del trono,
delante de los cuatro seres vivientes y los ancianos.

Y nadie podía aprender el himno, excepto  los ciento cuarenta y cuatro mil
que habían sido rescatados de la tierra.
Estos son los que siguen al Cordero por dondequiera que va.
Han sido rescatados como los primeros frutos
de la raza humana de Dios y del Cordero.
En sus labios no  se ha encontrado ningún engaño; son sin mancha.

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Al terminar el año litúrgico esta semana hemos estado leyendo en el libro de Apocalipsis. Esta es la visión de Juan de cómo es el cielo. Y como dice Scott Hahn en su libro la  Cena del Cordero, el libro de Apocalipsis es la clave para la comprensión de la Misa y la Misa es la clave para entender el libro de Apocalipsis. En otras palabras, dice Apocalipsis es un libro que describe la sagrada liturgia. Cuando estamos en la Misa, participamos en la liturgia celestial; participamos con los ángeles y los santos en su alabanza de Dios.

Algunas personas piensan erróneamente que los 144.000 en esta lectura significa que sólo 144.000 personas se salvarán. Lo que Juan está describiendo es una multitud de personas que  se reunieron en torno a Jesús, el Cordero de Dios. Dios desea que todos los hombres sean salvos yque vivan con Él por toda la eternidad. Sin embargo, algunos usan su libre albedrío para ser celebrados por Dios por toda la eternidad.

Aquellos  “que siguen al Cordero por dondequiera que va” están reunidos en torno a Jesús en el cielo cantando himnos de alabanza. Ellos han sido comprados a un precio – la muerte de Jesús en la cruz. “En sus labios no se ha encontrado ningún engaño; son sin mancha.”

Quiero estar entre aquella multitud de personas alrededor del Cordero de Dios por toda la eternidad. Quiero seguir al Cordero por dondequiera que va y donde Él me llame. Una de las maneras que preparamos nuestros corazones para el cielo es hiendo a Misa. Misa es un anticipo del banquete celestial en el que experimentamos la alegría más allá de nuestra imaginación.

¿Cómo me preparo mi corazón para el cielo, participando regularmente en la Misa?
¿Participo activamente en la misa cantando, orando, y participando en las lecturas?
¿Debo seguir a Jesús, el Cordero de Dios, dondequiera que Él me lleva?

Paz,

Fr. Burke

https://frburke23.wordpress.com


Responses

  1. Thanks for your encouraging homilies every morning it helps me to be ready to try and work on the will of God and it reminds me that God is running the show ,not me. God Bless You

  2. Thank you Fr. Burke, for all your meaningful homilies and writings. I like the comparisons with Revelations and the Liturgy. I want to copy it and take my “lambs Supper” book to our bible study session when we study Revelations.
    I have studied Revelations in the past, and am eager to study it again.


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