I’d like to return to the Lord’s messages to the seven churches in chapters 2-3 of the Book of Revelation. We’ve looked at the major themes already, but I want to focus on a couple of specific sayings.
The first message is to the Church in
Anyway, the Church in
I remember a kind of spiritual springtime back around 1980, when I was beginning to discern my vocation. (Come to think of it, it was springtime. I was living in
Now, well, I have to go back to the Book and hear the Lord tell me how far I’ve fallen from my first love! In some ways, though, I think (I hope) I have matured since then, though I must confess that with advancing age and decreasing energy I’m not exactly turning cartwheels for the Lord. Each of us in our own way has to receive the word of the Lord and see where we might have slipped from a level of joy and generosity that He would like us to recover. This is for our sake, because our falling away from fervor can only be harmful to us, and can make us vulnerable to even more destructive failures.
There’s something that the Lord promises to the saved (that is, to “him who conquers”), something that has often intrigued me: “I will give him…a new name…which no one knows except him who receives it” (2:17). This is an expression of a very personal intimacy, a secret shared with Jesus. Our founder Fr Boniface, who was for many years a missionary in
Let us, then, both recover our first love and realize the unique intimacy that Jesus would like to establish with us. Perhaps He will give us a hint of our new name even before we leave this earth. In any case, nothing is lost and everything is gained by our increasing fervor, fidelity, and love for the Lord. Through his grace and mercy, may this prophecy of love and pure intimacy come true for us: “They shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy” (3:4).