Closing November With Christ the King
We have come through November, the austere month of silence, of seeking a place of solitude to be alone with the Lord to hear him speak to us and for us to speak to him about those we love who have died. We have heard him solemnly tell us of the harsh realities of the end times and judgement and the need to stay wake, persevering in prayer. Yet the earth’s end with all who have lived a brief moment on it is above all the Parousia, the final victory of the King of the universe where, “There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Rev 21:4). His sheep, who have heard his voice and clung to him with all those who have offered him even a cup of water will rejoice and be glad singing with Mary, ” My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour…”
John Paul II Nov 2, 1997: I spiritually join all who in these days are visiting the graves of their departed ones in the cemeteries of Rome and the whole world. I go on spiritual pilgrimage especially to where the victims of violence and war, of injustice and hunger, are buried. May Jesus, who said: “I am the resurrection and the life” (Jn 11:25), grant to all the departed the rest of the just and the fullness of eternal life.
The court was convened, and the books were opened. I watched, then, from the first of the arrogant words which the horn spoke, until the beast was slain and its body destroyed and thrown into the burning fire. As for the other beasts, their dominion was taken away, but they were granted a prolongation of life for a time and a season. As the visions during the night continued, I saw coming with the clouds of heaven
One like a son of man.
When he reached the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him,
He received dominion, splendour, and kingship;
all nations, peoples and tongues will serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion that
shall not pass away,
his kingship, one that shall not be destroyed.