“TO HIM WHO CONQUERS, I WILL GRANT TO EAT OF THE TREE OF LIFE” (cf. Rev 2:7)

⏰Monday of the Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time 2 (19 Nov 2018)

Rev 1:1-4, 2:1-5a; Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 (R. Rev 2:7b); Luke 18:35-43

“TO HIM WHO CONQUERS, I WILL GRANT TO EAT OF THE TREE OF LIFE” (cf. Rev 2:7)

Have you ever had an encounter with the book of Revelation? Have you tried to read through it? If not, I encourage you to pick up your Bible and join us as we make a journey through it in this period. For a start, make sure you read the first two chapters today.

The book was written at a time of great persecution for the early Christians. That is why it is filled with apocalyptic language which is understandable to the people it is meant for. The aim is to encourage those who were losing faith and console those those who were passing through great suffering.

I pray that as we go through the book, those aims shall also be achieved in and through you through Christ our Lord. Amen.

In this book, an absolute faith in God is a major demand. And it is not as if that does God any much good as it does to us.

In the Gospel, the blind man’s faith, which could not be aborted even by the crowd’s distraction, was the source of the miracle he got. Indeed, as he was able to conquer the distraction from the crowd, Jesus led him to enjoy the fruit of the tree.

The people of Ephesus were praised for their faith. But as this faith was beginning to fail them, they were encouraged to repent and stick to God as they did in the beginning (cf. Rev 2:1-5).

Are you being pushed away from Christ by the crowd of problems that are around you? Do not allow them to succeed because it is in Christ that you shall be victorious (cf. Rom 8:37).

May the grace of God be sufficient for you you in this new week and beyond so as to enable you stand firm with Christ irrespective of whatever the cost may be on us so that we might be enabled to enjoy in the end. Amen.

Have a fruitful working week ahead. It is well with you.

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