⏰Thursday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time 2 (29 Nov 2018)

📖Rev 18:1-2, 21-23, 19:1-3, 9a; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 4, 5 (R. Rev 19:9a); Luke 21:20-28

What comes to your mind when you think of Babylon? For the Israelites, it was a place of exile, alienation from their fatherland, backwardness, oppression, slavery, etc. Babylon offered them nothing but pains.

Remember that the book of Revelation uses coded language in talking so that only the people it is addressing would understand. So, at the time the Christians were suffering great persecution, the book used the image of Babylon to represent their oppressors, encouraging them that those oppressors shall be defeated and fall (cf. Rev 18:2, 21).

What is the Babylon in your life? Is there any way you feel that an enemy has planted a seed of backwardness and destruction in your life? Remember the word of God for you says that no weapon fashioned against you shall prosper, and any tongue raised against you in judgement shall be condemned (Isa 54:17).

Can you look up in faith and behold the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory? He is coming with your liberation (Luke 21:27-28). Are you going to be available for him?

As you put your hope and trust in God, may his glorious victory liberate you from all that oppress you and draw you back. And may he grant you the grace and courage to live righteously and so merit a place in that kingdom in the end. Amen

Have a beautiful day of breakthrough and testimonies. Peace be with you.

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