The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
Reflection. The angel of the Lord was sent to John and bore witness to the word of God and to the 'testimony of Jesus Christ.' This is an eternity moment.
Some find the book of Revelation difficult and confusing. I want to suggest otherwise. If we view it through one lens, the purpose becomes clearer: the book points us to Jesus.
John now gives us a task or two: to read the book, to hear it and to keep to heart what is written. The 'read it aloud' bit is aimed at those who will, and are able to, communicate it to others - literacy was less common 2000 years ago. And there is a big, big reason for these tasks. Simply that the time hoped for is near - how apposite is this passage with only 6 days until Christmas.
Prayer. May we be ready for the Day of the Lord. Amen.