Greetings on this the Wednesday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: RV 15:1-4; PS 98:1, 2-3AB, 7-8, 9; LK 21:12-19
Notes: Who will not fear you, Lord, or glorify your name?
- Speak truth.
- Live truth.
- Offer truth.
The presentation of the Book of the Gospels
Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you have become. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach (from the rite of ordination of deacons).
In Week II the treatment of the Book of Revelations is extensive.
Next year, Week I instead the Book of Daniel.
It is good to manage these revelations well as they are mystical and filled with layers of meaning.
They sang the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:
“Great and wonderful are your works, Lord God almighty. Just and true are your ways, O king of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord, or glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All the nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
Great and wonderful are all your works, Lord, mighty God!
The LORD has made his salvation known: in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice. He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel.
Remain faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
Guardian of the “Church Treasures”
His journey was shaken in youth by the drama of persecution. In AD 258, Emperor Valerian issued an edict: all bishops, priests and deacons must be put to death. Saint Lawrence, other deacons, and Pope Sixtus II were apprehended. The Pope was killed on 6 August. At first, the emperor offered to spare Lawrence’s life, in exchange for his handing over of “the treasures of the Church.” Lawrence is said to have presented the emperor with the sick, the needy, and the marginalized. These, he said, are the treasures of the Church. Four days later, on August 10, Saint Lawrence would be martyred.
Everyone: Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you have become. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.
Peace be with you,