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You Have Grown Cold

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  • Reading I: Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5
  • Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 1:1-2,6
  • Gospel Reading:  Luke 18:35-43

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Today we begin the lectio cursiva of the Revelation to John.  The book is known by another name, "Apocalypse" which is based on the greek word that also means "revelation".   Revelation 1:1-4 forms part of the introduction of the work.  The visions of recorded in the Apocalypse are to be written and sent to the seven Churches mentioned in the book.  Note that there is an indirect command to read the recorded visions in the liturgical assembly in the two-fold macharism "Blessed is the one who reads … and blessed are those who listen and heed (it)…"  The passage is not about a private reading of the work.

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On the other hand, John 2:1-5 constitutes the cover letter of the book addressed to the Church in Ephesus.  The message is a call to repentance.  Readers of the New Testament are familiar with the Ephesians to whom Paul addresses one of his letters.   Here, we find the one who holds the seven stars and walks in the midst of the seven lamp posts telling the Ephesians that he knows their struggles but that they have grown cold in their commitment.  "You have lost the love you had at first", he says.  Hence, the call to repentance.

The one who holds the seven stars and walks in the midst of the seven lamp posts is the same one who appears to John and whom he describes at the introduction to his work.  He is the Lord, and the stars and the seven lamp posts are symbols of the Churches.    It is worth reflecting on this symbolism of the Churches.  It actually reminds me of the time during World Youth Day 1995 when, during a celebration of the lights when the Luneta Park was darkened and candles were lit, and John Paul II told the participants:  "Look at the stars above you.  They are small lights bursting through the darkened sky.  Look at yourselves; you are like the stars here on earth."  But what is important is the reason for the call to repentance.  The Ephesians have lost the love they had at first, they have grown cold.  Isn’t this the conditiion of those Christians who, after attending a retreat or recollection, go back to their former selves when the fervor of renewal has died?

The exact words of the Lord are "Repent and do the works you did at first".  Faith must express itself in works of love, and the Ephesians have been failing in this.  The selection actually invites the community of faith to look at itself and make a communal examination of conscience:  In your own community, is there genuine fervor of faith that is shown in works of love (not so much in loud prayer meetings)?   

Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5
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11The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to make known to his servants the things which must shortly come to pass: and signified, sending by his angel to his servant John,
2Who hath given testimony to the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, what things soever he hath seen.
3Blessed is he, that readeth and heareth the words of this prophecy; and keepeth those things which are written in it; for the time is at hand.
4John to the seven churches which are in Asia. Grace be unto you and peace from him that is, and that was, and that is to come, and from the seven spirits which are before his throne,
21Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write: These things saith he, who holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks:
2I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them that are evil, and thou hast tried them, who say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3And thou hast patience, and hast endured for my name, and hast not fainted.
4But I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first charity.
5Be mindful therefore from whence thou art fallen: and do penance, and do the first works. Or else I come to thee, and will move thy candlestick out of its place, except thou do penance.
Psalm 1:1-2,6
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1Blessed is the man who hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the chair of pestilence.
2But his will is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he shall meditate day and night.
6For the Lord knoweth the way of the just: and the way of the wicked shall perish.
Luke 18:35-43
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35Now it came to pass, when he drew nigh to Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the way side, begging.
36And when he heard the multitude passing by, he asked what this meant.
37And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.
38And he cried out, saying: Jesus, son of David, have mercy on me.
39And they that went before, rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried out much more: Son of David, have mercy on me.
40And Jesus standing, commanded him to be brought unto him. And when he was come near, he asked him,
41Saying: What wilt thou that I do to thee? But he said: Lord, that I may see.
42And Jesus said to him: Receive thy sight: thy faith hath made thee whole.
43And immediately he saw, and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.
Revelation 1:1-4
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1The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to make known to his servants the things which must shortly come to pass: and signified, sending by his angel to his servant John,
2Who hath given testimony to the word of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ, what things soever he hath seen.
3Blessed is he, that readeth and heareth the words of this prophecy; and keepeth those things which are written in it; for the time is at hand.
4John to the seven churches which are in Asia. Grace be unto you and peace from him that is, and that was, and that is to come, and from the seven spirits which are before his throne,
John 2:1-5
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1And the third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee: and the mother of Jesus was there.
2And Jesus also was invited, and his disciples, to the marriage.
3And the wine failing, the mother of Jesus saith to him: They have no wine.
4And Jesus saith to her: Woman, what is that to me and to thee? my hour is not yet come.
5His mother saith to the waiters: Whatsoever he shall say to you, do ye.

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