Living Eucharist

Assisi sunsetThe first reading for today’s feast, the Solemnity of All Saints, comes from one of the Church’s Easter books, the Book of Revelation or the Apocalypse.

It is a reading from a book of powerful images, evoking truths beyond the mundane. The particular images we hear today are of those saved from eternal death…

I, John, saw another angel rising where the sun rises, carrying the seal of the living God; he called in a powerful voice to the four angels whose duty was to devastate land and sea, ‘Wait before you do any damage on land or at sea or to the trees, until we have put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.’ Then I heard how many were sealed: a hundred and forty-four thousand, out of all the tribes of Israel.

After that I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people…

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