As though he is painting a work of art, St. John portrays the evil Roman Empire, the great enemy of the early Christians. Babylon really means Rome.
The Book of Revelation gave courage and strength to Christians who held onto faith in Jesus, love for him, and hope in their heart that goodness would win out over evil. Like the king riding in victory on a donkey in Monday’s reading from Zechariah, today’s reading of the gentle Lamb reminds us that when Jesus shed his blood on the cross for us, his love was greater than all hatred and evil.
A friend gave me a shirt that says on it, “A blood donor saved my life!” The flesh of the Lamb of God was torn for you and me. By Christ’s blood, we are saved!
Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.
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