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Saturday, November 21, 2020

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Presentation of Mary

Revelation 11:4-12
Psalm 144:1-2, 9-10
Luke 20:27-40

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“The earth’s inhabitants gloat over them and in their merriment exchange gifts, because these two prophets harassed everyone on earth.” —Revelation 11:10

The two witnesses, two olive trees, and two lampstands represent the Church (Rv 11:3-4; see also Rv 1:20). The Church has such power that fire comes out of her mouth to devour her enemies (Rv 11:5).  The Lord has given the Church “the keys of the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 16:19). She is “the pillar and bulwark of truth” (1 Tm 3:15). Because the Church is the Body of the almighty Christ (see 1 Cor 12:27), she is very powerful.

The Church is so powerful that the world is threatened by her and tries to destroy her (Rv 11:7). The Church is such a threat that “the earth’s inhabitants gloat over” (Rv 11:10) the supposed death of the Church. They feel so pleased to see the Church seemingly dead that “in their merriment [they] exchange gifts” (Rv 11:10), because they think the Church harasses “everyone on earth” (Rv 11:10).

How does this description of the Church in Revelation compare with the Church today? Is the Church exercising her authority and power? How much would today’s world delight in the supposed death of the Church? Would the people of the world be so excited as to exchange gifts? Let us love the Church (Eph 5:25) and be living stones in the Church (1 Pt 2:5).

Prayer:  Father, use me as You will to build up the Church. I am all Yours.

Promise:  “God is not the God of the dead but of the living. All are alive for Him.” —Lk 20:38

Praise:  According to pious tradition, Sts. Joachim & Anne, parents of the Virgin Mary, consecrated her to God’s service at an early age. “I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say” (Lk 1:38).

Reference:  (For a related teaching on The Church in God’s Plan, order, listen to, or download our CD 67-3 or DVD 67 on our website.)

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