During the last two weeks of the liturgical year our First Reading will come from the Book of Revelation, the last book of the N.T. The cable networks really misunderstand what the book is trying to do. It is not meant for people in the distant future with a blue print of how the world will come to an end, bit it was meant for the people of the author’s time to give them hope as they were being persecuted by the Roman government. It seems to me that this book can be speaking to us today. The culture of the Western Civilization has changed and is no longer friendly toward the tenets of Christianity. In a sense, we have a lot in common with the people of early Christianity. They needed to trust and have hope that Christ would ultimately triumph. We need to have that same hope.