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The Little Scroll

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  • Reading I: Revelation 10:8-11
  • Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 119:14,131
  • Gospel Reading:  Luke 19:45-58


From the previous selection (5:1-10), we jump five chapters.  The seventh seal has been opened and seven trumpets have sounded with their corresponding events.  If in the previous selection there was a closed scroll, so here there is one that is already open.  John is not only the witness of the opening of a scroll, he also is asked to eat another scroll1 and to prophesy  "again".  The content of the scroll is the rest of the book of Revelation, chapters 12-22.  The scroll is small because the events contained therein will transpire "in a short while". 

Here is the content of chapters 12-22 that John will prophesy about:

  • the woman clothed with the sun whom the Dragon pursues
  • the victory of Michael the archangel
  • the defeat of the Dragon and his continuing pursuit of the woman’s children
  • the emergence of the two Beasts, the last of which has the name 666
  • the Lamb and the 144000
  • the Fall of Babylon, the harvest and the seven plagues
  • the victory of the Lamb, the reign of two thousand years
  • the Judgment
  • the new Heavens and the New Earth
  • the wedding of the Lamb

When we look at the rest of the Apocalypse this way, it comes out as a book of consolation.  The victory of the Lamb is certain and those who hear the words of the book need only to decide on which side they are on.   The content of the cover letters in chapters 1-4 are evoked.  Victory is for those who listen to and heed the prophecy of John.

Revelation 10:8-11
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8And I heard a voice from heaven again speaking to me, and saying: Go, and take the book that is open, from the hand of the angel who standeth upon the sea, and upon the earth.
9And I went to the angel, saying unto him, that he should give me the book. And he said to me: Take the book, and eat it up: and it shall make thy belly bitter, but in thy mouth it shall be sweet as honey.
10And I took the book from the hand of the angel, and ate it up: and it was in my mouth, sweet as honey: and when I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
11And he said to me: Thou must prophesy again to many nations, and peoples, and tongues, and kings.
Psalm 119:14,131
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14I have been delighted in the way of thy testimonies, as in all riches.
131I opened my mouth and panted: because I longed for thy commandments.
Luke 19:45-58
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45And entering into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought.
46Saying to them: It is written: My house is the house of prayer. But you have made it a den of thieves.
47And he was teaching daily in the temple. And the chief priests and the scribes and the rulers of the people sought to destroy him:
48And they found not what to do to him: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.

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  1. This is a little scroll and is different from the one in chapter 5 []

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