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Memory of St. Jerome, doctor of the Church, who died in Bethlehem in 420. He translated the Bible into the Latin language. Prayer that the voice of the Scripture may be heard in every language.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I am the good shepherd,
my sheep listen to my voice,
and they become
one flock and one fold.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Revelation 1,4-8

John, to the seven churches of Asia: grace and peace to you from him who is, who was, and who is to come, from the seven spirits who are before his throne,

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the First-born from the dead, the highest of earthly kings. He loves us and has washed away our sins with his blood,

and made us a Kingdom of Priests to serve his God and Father; to him, then, be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.

Look, he is coming on the clouds; everyone will see him, even those who pierced him, and all the races of the earth will mourn over him. Indeed this shall be so. Amen.

'I am the Alpha and the Omega,' says the Lord God, who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

I give you a new commandment,
that you love one another.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John addresses his prophecy to the seven Churches of Asia Minor (the coastlands of modern-day Turkey). Only a few of the Churches around Ephesus are named, but the apostle uses the symbolism of the number seven to indicate the universality of the Church. The Word of God is revealed to John so that he might communicate it to every single one of the communities - none excluded - and indeed to all peoples. The revelation of Jesus is always universal in scope. And every believer (every community) needs to breathe with this horizon in his or her heart. The disciple of Jesus feels the urgency created by the universal scope of the Gospel message in a personal way. John begins by greeting the Churches with the same words Jesus spoke to the apostles on the evening of Easter Day. And, as if in sweet repayment for what was said of him, he uses similar words to describe Jesus: the one "who loves us." Jesus is the One "who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father" (v. 5-6). Jesus’ love is not an abstraction, it is a powerful energy that frees men and women from loneliness and unites them in a community and a people. At the beginning of his prophecy, John announces that Jesus "is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail" (v. 7-8). It is the vision of Christ, Crucified and Risen, who appears in the heavens so that all people may look on him, letting their hearts be pierced and so gaining salvation. Indeed, in Jesus, the full manifestation of God’s love is revealed. The apostle refers to this mystery with the words spoken to Moses, "I am," and explains that they contain of all human history, from the beginning to the end: "the Alpha and the Omega." The glorious Crucified One is the "Almighty."