Second Reading: Revelation 1:9-11, 12-13, 17-19

A reading from the book of Revelation.

I, John, your brother, who share with you the distress and the sovereign reign and the endurance we have in Jesus, found myself on the island called Patmos because I proclaimed God’s word and bore witness to Jesus. On the Sovereign One’s day, I was caught up in ecstasy, and I heard behind me a piercing voice like the sound of a trumpet, which said, “Write on a scroll what you now see.”  I turned around to see whose voice it was that spoke to me.  When I did so, I saw seven lampstands of gold, and among the lampstands a figure like a Messiah wearing an ankle-length robe with a sash of gold.

Upon seeing this, I fell down as though dead. I felt this one touch me, and heard these words: ”There is nothing to fear.  I am the First and the Last and the One who lives.  Once I was dead but now I live – forever and ever.  I hold the keys of death and the nether world.  Write down, therefore, whatever you see in visions – what you see now and will see in the time to come.”

The Word of God recorded in the book of Revelation.