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The Tree of Life

Submitted by on Saturday, 29 November 2008No Comment
  • Reading I: Revelation 22:1-7
  • Resp. Psalm: Psalm 95:1-2,6-7ab
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 21:34-36



The last page of the Apocalypse leaves us with the memory of five things:

  1. the river of life-giving water
  2. the tree of life
  3. the light that shines from God himself
  4. the promise "Behold I am coming soon"
  5. the macharism "Blessed is he who keeps the prophetic message of this book"

The Apocalypse closes with the images of Life and a voice that assures.  It is not a book that horrifies, but rather one that invites to faith, hope and repentance.  The Church that first received it and heard it in the eucharistic celebration, recognized the voice of the Spirit in it.  It is a voice that reaffirms what has always been said by the Lord:  that no one among those given to Him will be lost.

Revelation 22:1-7
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1And he showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2In the midst of the street thereof, and on both sides of the river, was the tree of life, bearing twelve fruits, yielding its fruits every month, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3And there shall be no curse any more; but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and his servants shall serve him.
4And they shall see his face: and his name shall be on their foreheads.
5And night shall be no more: and they shall not need the light of the lamp, nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall enlighten them, and they shall reign for ever and ever.
6And he said to me: These words are most faithful and true. And the Lord God of the spirits of the prophets sent his angel to shew his servants the things which must be done shortly.
7And, Behold I come quickly. Blessed is he that keepeth the words of the prophecy of this book.
Psalm 95:1-2,6-7
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1Come let us praise the Lord with joy: let us joyfully sing to God our saviour.
2Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; and make a joyful noise to him with psalms.
6Come let us adore and fall down: and weep before the Lord that made us.
7For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
Luke 21:34-36
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34And take heed to yourselves, lest perhaps your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and the cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly.
35For as a snare shall it come upon all that sit upon the face of the whole earth.
36Watch ye, therefore, praying at all times, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that are to come, and to stand before the Son of man.

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