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With powerful images of evil, John portrays the arrogance and idolatry of the Roman Empire, great enemy of the early Christians. Recall the words of St. Paul in 1 Cor. 1:27: “God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”
The Book of Revelation was intended to be a source of strength as Christians endured cruel persecution at the hands of that evil empire. Connecting with the image of the king riding in victory on a donkey in Monday’s reading from Zechariah, the image of the meek and vulnerable Lamb is John’s way of reminding us of the victory of the blood of Jesus over all adversaries.
Picture yourself in the Coliseum in Rome as lions are about to tear your flesh to shreds. The flesh of the Lamb of God was first torn for you, assuring you of the loving, sustaining presence of your Jesus when the flesh of your soul is about to be ripped.
Witnessing to Jesus. v. 6
Written in the book of life. v. 8
The lamb conquering the kings. v. 14
Lord of lords and King of kings. v. 14
This is the eighth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year C.
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