ALPHA AND OMEGA
The Book of Revelation ends with a promise from Jesus that he will return from heaven. He calls himself, "the Alpha and the Omega." These are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. So, he is the cause and the goal of all creation. The very end of the book is the phrase, "Maranatha". This is an Aramaic phrase that probably means, "Come Lord." It is the believers' response to Jesus' promise.
Jesus prays to God at Last Supper. He seems to be giving a summary of his mission on earth. Our translation uses the word, "Father". The actual word, "Abba" might be better translated, "papa" or "dad". It is an affectionate term. It may be a way of teaching that God is not a frightening tyrant or overbearing "Lord". God is a loving parent.
© 2000 by Father Richard Lonsdale. You may freely copy this document. It may be freely reproduced in any non-profit publication.
Thie clipart and commentatires above were originally on a web site maintained by Fr. Lonsdale.
To copy the clipart images, click with your right mouse button and use "save picture (or image) as…"
To view a complete list of clipart images and commentaries: Lonsdale Commentaries and Clipart