Jacopo Tintoretto – “Battle of the Archangel Michael with Satan”
2nd half of 16th Century
The persecution of God’s people in the first century is described in bold images on a cosmic scale. The images stir within us a sobering awareness that the struggles of the first-century church are mirrored in our own day, with portents of what is to come. We will devote the last ten Thursdays of this year of grace to the second half of the Book of Revelation.
The woman clothed with the sun recalls the woman in Genesis 3, the twelve stars reminding us of God’s people in the twelve tribes. The ancient church also saw the woman as Mary, mother of Jesus. This image, as well as all the images of Revelation, evokes varying levels of meaning. The images are vehicles of God’s power at work in you bringing about victory against evil.
Salvation, Power, Kingdom. v. 10
The saving blood of the Lamb v. 11
Rejoice, O heavens, rejoice! v. 12
I belong to you, Jesus. v. 17
This is the fourth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year C.
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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
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