Malvern Minute – Friday
Malvern Minute

 

November 25, 2016 – Friday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A Reading from the Book of Revelation (20:1-4, 11 – 21:2)

I, John, saw an angel come down from heaven,
holding in his hand the key to the abyss and a heavy chain.
He seized the dragon, the ancient serpent,
which is the Devil or Satan,
and tied it up for a thousand years and threw it into the abyss,
which he locked over it and sealed,
so that it could no longer lead the nations astray

until the thousand years are completed.
After this, it is to be released for a short time.

Then I saw thrones; those who sat on them were entrusted with judgment.
I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded
for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God,
and who had not worshiped the beast or its image
nor had accepted its mark on their foreheads or hands.
They came to life and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

Next I saw a large white throne and the one who was sitting on it.
The earth and the sky fled from his presence
and there was no place for them.
I saw the dead, the great and the lowly, standing before the throne,
and scrolls were opened.
Then another scroll was opened, the book of life.
The dead were judged according to their deeds,
by what was written in the scrolls.

The sea gave up its dead;
then Death and Hades gave up their dead.
All the dead were judged according to their deeds.
Then Death and Hades were thrown into the pool of fire.
(This pool of fire is the second death.)
Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life
was thrown into the pool of fire.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth.
The former heaven and the former earth had passed away,
and the sea was no more.
I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Reflect: This reading from the Book of Revelation illustrates the power and beauty of the end times. It makes the personification of Satan real, but affirms Jesus who sits on the throne and who judges all people “according to their deeds.” Of course, we want to stay in close intimate relationship with Jesus; being faithful to his Way, his Truth, his Life. If we do that, we will experience “a new heaven and a new earth… the holy city, a new Jerusalem.” This is the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God.

Do I recognize that evil is real and very enticing throughout the world? Do I seek to have my name written in the book of life? What do I need to do to reject evil and sin and enter into a more intimate relationship with Jesus and his Ways, his Word?

 

Pray: Loving God, I am imperfect, but my soul yearns and pines to be in your courts. Grant me the grace to reject evil and overcome sin so as to dwell with you in your house forever. I ask this in the powerful, perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Catherine of Alexandria: Pray for us!

WE BELIEVE, AND THEREFORE SPEAK (2 Corinthians 4:13)

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