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Revelation 2:29. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches.
The Book of Revelation is terrifying. It’s not a coincidence that so many horror movies use this apocalyptic vision as fodder for grotesque stories of monsters, demons, and destruction. Among books of the Bible, it is one of the hardest to read and understand, because we often forget that the Bible is part history, part poetry collection, part correspondence, and part dream. Revelation is a dream, not meant to be taken literally.
When I was a parish priest, I got lots of questions about this book in the Bible. “There was a special on cable television last night, and they said Revelation predicted the stock market crash and says we are about to experience something terrible! Is this true?”
Let us listen for what the Spirit might be saying to us. It seems to me that the whole book propels us to the end, the last chapter of the Bible. It’s a dream, a vision about how God’s love will ultimately prevail in the universe, but not before dramatic struggles.
What is the Spirit saying? I think it’s Good News. Love wins in the end.