(Part 100)


November 28, 2014

Today’s readings:

Revelation 20:1-4,11-21:2

Psalm 84:3-8

Luke 21:29-33

We need to be able to read the signs of the times. Jesus already told us what would be the signs of the end. They include false prophets, wars and calamities, as well as massive apostasy. All these things are happening today. Well, “when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.” (Lk 21:31).

What will happen at the end of time? There will be the final judgment. John “saw the dead, the great and the lowly, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened. The dead were judged according to their deeds, by what was written in the scrolls.” (Rv 20:12a,c). Know that God “keeps a record” of how we have lived our lives. “Then another scroll was opened, the book of life.” (Rv 20:12b). “Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the pool of fire.” (Rv 20:15).

But for those whose names are in the book of life, they will enter into “the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Rv 21:2). Who will these be? They are those who live Christ; they are the saints, the holy ones who are set apart, “who had not worshiped the beast or its image nor had accepted its mark on their foreheads or hands.” (Rv 20:4c). They are those who share Christ; they are the evangelizers, especially those who have given their all, even their very lives, to witness to Jesus; such are the martyrs, “who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God” (Rv 20:4b).

They are the ones who gain eternal life and take their place on their heavenly thrones. “They came to life and they reigned with Christ” (Rv 20:4d). Is that not what we should all want? Don’t we want to make it to heaven? “My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the Lord.” (Ps 84:3a).

May our work of evangelization bring people to meet Christ and to accept him as Savior and Lord. “Blessed the man who finds refuge in you” (Ps 84:6a). Then, as they strive to live Christ, they will reap even more blessings, as they make their way to heaven. “They will go from strength to strength and see the God of gods on Zion.” (Ps 84:8). Then they will live eternally with God, in endless worship in heaven. That is the fullness of God’s blessing. “Blessed are those who dwell in your house! They never cease to praise you.” (Ps 84:5).

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