Thursday 24 November 2022
Apocalypse 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9. Blessed are they who are called to the wedding feast of the Lamb – Psalm 99(100):2-5. Luke 21:20-28.
God continues as our refuge
A few months ago, in the wake of Covid, and with war in Ukraine, prices going up and the threat of blackouts at the start of a freezing winter, one might have asked, with anxious humour, ‘Is it the end of the world?’ The poetically intense picture of the fall of Babylon in the Apocalypse passage leaves our recent woes for dead. Babylon is often identified with Rome, the enslaving superpower of its day, but ‘Babylon’ is also a state of mind – a disposition to corruption and violence. The Bible does not shy away from the horrors of this life, but it always presents a life raft, or, more aptly, an ark. God continues as our refuge, the Holy Spirit the deposit of the thrill of eternity. Lord, keep our vision uplifted to your promise of salvation, the glorious realm of your love whose light, while it exposes horrors plainly, offers relieving joy.