Obviously, I must not have had any thoughts since I have not posted since Good Friday. Not, strictly true, but nothing worthy of recording or publicity.
Seriously, though, as I have been preparing for this Sunday’s homily, I noticed that the reading from Revelation has been cut in an interesting way. According to the Revised Common Lectionary (of which I am not a big fan in any case), we are to read Revelation 22: 12-14, 16-17, 20-21. Three verses are removed from the lesson. Do you think this is done to simply shorten a long lesson, or could there be another reason? I submit it is due to a penchant for not wanting to deal with uncomfortable verses, or simply verses we do not like. This type of editing reminds me of Connie Booth asking John Cleese for The Standard Book of British Birds (the expurgated version, the one without the gannet, they wet their nests).
I have highlighted the removed verses below:
‘See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.’
14 Blessed are those who wash their robes,* so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates. 15Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and fornicators and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practises falsehood.
16 ‘It is I, Jesus, who sent my angel to you with this testimony for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.’
17 The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’
And let everyone who hears say, ‘Come.’
And let everyone who is thirsty come.
Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift.
18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this book; 19if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away that person’s share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
20 The one who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming soon.’
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen.
So the editors decided to cut the verses warning about adding and taking away from the book? Ironic, no?
Of course, I could be wrong.
For those who wish to see Monty Python’s bookshop sketch click here. (Warning: language).