The mystery of the missing verses
Case in point: Some of us yesterday (those of us who celebrated Ascension on its proper day - last Thursday - and therefore heard the Seventh Sunday readings instead) got the following Second Reading from the Book of Revelation (22:12-14, 16-17, 20):
“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense, to repay every one for what he has done.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.
“I Jesus have sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star.”
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let him who hears say, “Come.” And let him who is thirsty come, let him who desires take the water of life without price.
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with the saints. Amen.
That's nice. But... So what exactly are the "offending" words "taken away" from this "prophecy" - i.e., verses 15, 18, and 19? Read them and laugh (or weep).
You know... it's times like this that I really believe that old saying about the smoke of Satan entering the Church. This kind of thing is exactly what I'd imagine Satan's smoke "conveniently" obscuring.
(H/T once again to Diogenes at CWN... still going strong in doing the dirty work of uncovering Satan's little helpers!)