Revelation, Scripture and the Mass

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In today's first reading from Revelation 4, we read about John's vision of heaven and some things that would certainly seem odd to us: Flaming torches, a sea of glass, living creatures with six wings, covered with eyes inside and out. Of course, these were all representative of things that John would understand.

But there is a passage today that any Catholic would certainly be familiar with. "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come." Every time we're at Mass, we exclaim the "Holy, holy, holy." 

I always like to mention the fact that Catholics know Scripture much better than they think they do. This is because the Mass is filled with Scripture, as we see in Revelation 4. If you do a bit of research and listen carefully, you'll hear the Bible coming through throughout the Mass, which is the wedding feast of the Lamb!

Father, open our ears to hear your word more clearly in holy Mass, and to grow in love for Scripture and the Mass. Amen.

Today's Readings

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