Friday, July 16, 2010

Sound Familiar?

'Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  Rev. 3, 22

I'm attending a bible study on the Book of Revelation. I'll be honest...and a bit ashamed that I've never really read much it save for a few passages commonly heard at Mass. Did you know that this is the only book in the Bible where we are blessed by God not just for following its teachings but simply for reading it?

We focused on chapters 2 & 3 this week where we read Our Lord's commendation and condemnation of each of the seven churches. We know today that this is Jesus speaking to the Universal Church and the words are as relevent today as they were in 90 A.D.

The facilitator challenged us to re-read the chapters at home and compare them to our own parishes. Are we complacent like the church at Epheses and "lost the love we once had?" Are we "lukewarm" as they are in Laodicea and just go through the motions at Mass each week?

I'd like to take that once step further and examine "Domestic Church"of our own homes and families. How does the Lord see us in our lives? Would he see our love, faith, service, and endurance as in Thyatira? Is our family a model for others or are we like the church as Sardis and have the "reputation of being alive but...are dead?"

I'm looking forward to more of this study and I'll pass on what I can. Have a great weekend.

The victor I will make into a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will never leave it again. On him I will inscribe the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God, as well as my new name.
Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  Rev. 3, 12-13

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