This has been a terrific week! The rainy weather finally abated and the sun came out and the temperature went up. Early in the week, shut-in owing to the stormy weather, I completed and uploaded Episode Twenty-five in Revelation: An Idealist Interpretation. The theme illustration is Folio 48, Rider on a White Horse at the top and Birds of Prey at the bottom, from the early 11th C. illuminated manuscript, the Bamberg Apocalypse. This was the second episode focused on Chapter 19, this time on verses 11 to 21. The general theme is the defeat of the Beast and the False Prophet. Many themes from earlier in Revelation come roaring back: the two-edged sword, the rod of iron, armies in heaven, etc. Watch Episode Twenty-five or Listen to the Podcast Version.
I also uploaded my Podcast Homily for Nineteenth Sunday After Trinity, commenting upon the epistle reading from Ephesians 4:17-22, another of St. Paul’s mini-homilies on virtue and the control of passions, bodily and mental, and the great value of forgiveness. The Gospel reading is Matthew 9:1-8, the healing of the palsied man and the confrontation with scribes. The theme of forgiveness is present again. The scribes may have thought Jesus was a blasphemer but the multitudes “marvelled” at this demonstration of His Divine power. Listen to the Podcast Homily.
The next episode in the Revelation series, owing to its unusual length, will be divided into two parts, both of which will be available late in the week of October 13th, and given the names Episode 26 – Part 1 and Episode 26 – Part 2 (the former having no formal ending and the latter within a separate introduction, just picking up where Part 1 ended). I felt I could not do justice to the chapter without including extensive commentary and when recording the text realized too late that it would run far longer than the likely attention span of most viewers. I doubt I would watched a 45 minute video on Revelation!
Work continues on the book version of the Revelation series. I have worked out the format and also edited the text and commentary for Chapter 1, 2 and 3. The illustrations from the Bamberg Apocalypse are being worked into the text so that they are adjacent to or place within the appropriate text. With the help of the library’s Gerald Raab I have figured out how to access the lesser illustrations that are not usually included in the public domain versions.
Thanks so much to those who have watched the series and/or sent emails or contributions to the AIC. May God bless each of you in all that you do in His Name. Amen.