A reflection on the beginning of the book of Revelation by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB (cf. Rev. 2-3).
I love the part of the book of Revelation we’ve been hearing in Mass, when the Spirit speaks to the Churches. I love it simply because at some points Christ is chastening them and at other points He’s saying 'you’re doing well.' Isn’t that what life is about? We’re ever being told “Return to Me in this area” and in another area we hear “Let Me strengthen you, be strong, you’re coming to Me. Follow Me.” In the message to Smyrna we hear “Do not fear what you are about to suffer.” (Rev. 2:10) Isn’t that enough to give us courage? Christ knows what He’s calling us to. But He’s not going to call us to anything that He won’t give us the grace for. We know that He’s knocking in order to dine with us. We know that wherever we’re called we always end up meeting Him. Wherever we’re called, He’ll meet us and give us the grace for the day. Whatever we have to suffer we need to be encouraged in knowing that if we’re seeking God, that’s who we’ll find.