Advent with the Apocalypse (Ch 3; Dec 5)
December 05, 2023
Fr. John Colacino C.PP.S.

Revelation Ch 3 (Tuesday of the First Week of Advent)

“To the angel of the church in Sardis write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:

These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.

I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”


The angel of the church at Sardis and his people are promised the white garments of the sanctuary: 'they shall walk with me in white for they are worthy' (3.4). A great multitude in white robes stood before the throne of the Lamb and joined with the angels and the elders in worship. They had made their robes white with the blood of the Lamb. Soiled garments were a sign of sin (3.4) and only those who had been freed from sin by the blood of the Lamb (1.5) would join the throng in the heavenly temple.
The angel of the church at Philadelphia is promised an important place in the living temple. He is to be a pillar….The angel of the church at Philadelphia is to be marked with the new Name of the fiery Man and the Name of his God, not two names but one, since the Man and his God both had the sacred Name….The heavenly Jesus, who sent his words to the seven churches, bore the Name, and this would be given to the angel of the church in Philadelphia.
The angel of the church at Laodicea is promised a place on the heavenly throne. Just as Jesus had conquered and taken his place (the vision of the slain Lamb in Rev. 5) so, too, the victor would be enthroned. The implication of this promise is that Jesus was the first of many who would all become one with him in his heavenly state.
Musical Selection

Ecce sto ad ostium et pulso si quis audierit vocem meam et aperuerit mihi ianuam introibo ad illum et cenabo cum illo et ipse mecum. Qui vicerit dabo ei sedere mecum un throno et ego vici et sedi cum Patre meo in throno eius. Alleluia.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any one hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come into them  and will eat supper with them, and they with me.  To the one who overcomes I will grant to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame, and sit with my Father on his throne.  Alleluia.

Hear our petitions, Lord God of mercy,
and give us your devoted help in our trials,
so that the presence of your Son, who is to come,
may strengthen us even now
and heal the wounds of our former ways.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen.