Second Reading - Apocalypse 7: 9, 14-17
Today, John describes another great gathering of people before the throne of the Lamb - Jesus.
These are the martyrs - and those who have stood firm in the face of persecution.
The little section at the end shows the tenderness of God towards His people. It echoes a passage in Isaiah (49:8-16). Here too is the image of a God who does not forget His people but who gathers, protects, feeds and cares for them. The Good Shepherd - Jesus - will lead them to springs of living water - and God Himself will wipe away all tears from their eyes.
Such words of promise can hold no fear for us - and perhaps we can begin to see and share the longing that the early Christians felt for the Coming of the Day of the Lord.
What does it mean for me?