All Saints Day - Year B
A GREAT MULTITUDE
The author of Revelation is trying to discourage first century Christians from taking the politically safe course of emperor worship. He pictures a heaven modeled on the imperial court. They will wear expensive white robes like the Roman Senate. Politically the faithful will become the new aristocracy of the Christian kingdom.
GOD'S CHILDREN, NOW
Saint John summarizes the role of the Christian as child of God. He notes that this is only the beginning of a future evolution to something higher. He doesn't speculate on the precise details of this transmutation, except to suggest that "we will be like Him [God]." This is a bold prophecy unlike anything else in the Bible. It is also a cautionary omen against personal impurity.
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