I’ve never been a particular fan of the Book of Revelation. I think it’s creepy, confusing, and often misinterpreted to meet particular goals. Goals like scaring the pants off of simpletons like me. Plus, it was written by John, who quite frankly annoys the heck out of me with his “the disciple whom Jesus loved” stuff, as if he was the only one. (Trust me, I am looking around for bolts of lightning as I write these words.)
Having said all of the above, I will tell you that these words from Revelation, 5:11-14, that were recited at this weekend’s Mass are among my favorite in the Bible. Not the least reason is because they are part of my favorite chorus in Handel’s Messiah.
So, I share them with you to start off your week. I think it teaches us how to pray….
I, John, looked and heard the voices of many angels who surrounded the throne and the living creatures and the elders. They were countless in number, and they cried out in a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing.” Then I hear every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, everything in the universe, cry out: “To the one who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor, glory and might, forever and ever.”
The four living creatures answered, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.