From this week’s readings, Rev. 7:9, 14b-17:
I, John, had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. Then one of the elders said to me, “These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
“For this reason they stand before God’s throne and worship him day and night in his temple. The one who sits on the throne will shelter them. They will not hunger or thirst anymore, nor will the sun or any heat strike them. For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
The Lamb is the victim who forgives, the Lord who liberates, the Shepherd who leads, and the Lion who prevails not by violence but by treating even his enemies with human dignity. May the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, lead us into repentance, and empower us to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God. Jesus is risen! Let us live in the light of Christ!
– Greg Walgenbach, Director of Life, Justice & Peace, Diocese of Orange