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Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Revelation 22,1-5

Then the angel showed me the river of life, rising from the throne of God and of the Lamb and flowing crystal-clear.

Down the middle of the city street, on either bank of the river were the trees of life, which bear twelve crops of fruit in a year, one in each month, and the leaves of which are the cure for the nations.

The curse of destruction will be abolished. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city; his servants will worship him,

they will see him face to face, and his name will be written on their foreheads.

And night will be abolished; they will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will be shining on them. They will reign for ever and ever.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

John then sees the "river of the water of life"; it is the river that was found in Eden (Gn 2:19), the same one Ezekiel saw flowing out of the temple (41:7) and that Zechariah had announced (14:8). Jesus himself had foretold this river when he said to the Samaritan woman: "Those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life" (Jn 4:14). John, who certainly remembers these words of Jesus, now sees the fountain that gushes forth for eternity with his own eyes. In fact, the river of the water of life flowed from the throne of God and the Lamb. The saved are gathered all around to celebrate the perfect liturgy of adoration. Jesus’ beatitude is finally realized: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God" (Mt 5:8). This was the great hope proclaimed both by Paul and by John himself: "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face...we will be like him, for we will see him as he is" (1 Cor 13:12; 1 Jn 3:2). Consecrated to God forever ("his name will be on their foreheads"), the just stand before God in the joy of a dialogue that nothing will be able to break. John then notices "the tree of life" in the middle of the city. It is the same tree that was an occasion for sin for our progenitors, but now it is a source of life for God’s elect. It is the tree of Christ, his cross, which is no longer a sign of death, but of life. Life is reborn from this tree: Mary and John welcomed each other under the cross. And the apostle remembers this well. There are no more people prevented from entering the new Jerusalem, there are no more separations, there are no walls that divide or barriers that keep people out. God welcomes everyone because God is the Father of all and does not show partiality (Rom 2:11). Revelation helps us look at the history of our time from the point of view of its conclusion, the universal gathering and welcome of the heavenly Jerusalem. It is the dream that God asks all people of good will to make real.