30 сентября 2013, Божественная Литургия в Воскресенском Новодевичьем монастыре

Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying,

 

“We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,

who is and who was,

for you have taken your great power

and begun to reign.

The nations raged,

but your wrath came,

and the time for the dead to be judged,

and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints,

and those who fear your name,

both small and great,

and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.”

There are times when I forget about the big things.  I choose to become consumed with material needs and perpetual passive consumption.  It’s not that these things are unimportant or that I should never think through small daily matters, God truly does care for our needs.  But I become fixated on them, where I simply cannot place my mind on other things.

It is there in that place where the words of Revelation cry forth as crisp as the December air.  The chorus of heaven sings forth,

“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”

It is through these moments when I am reminded that evil will be crushed, oppression shall cease, sickness shall be rooted out, and death will die.  Life will flourish eternally in the renewed heaven and earth, for the “destroyer of the earth” will itself be destroyed.  Cancer, war, famine, malaria, and hatred will be gone forever.  For “the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”

What brings you out of living only for today?

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