In Mass today, we read about St. John being shown the Church, the Bride of Christ (Revelation 21:9–14). He sees her in all her glory. Yet, when that vision was given (around A.D. 65) the Church did not look very glorious. She was being attacked by the apostate Jews, and persecuted by Nero Caesar. She had many martyrs, had factions rising up, and there were many who had fallen away. The point of John being shown this vision was to encourage him that even when the Church is struggling to survive, she is still beautiful in Jesus' eyes. He loves His Bride, and always sees her in her eternal glory. Do we see the same thing when we look at the Church today? If we did, we would value her more.
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