This week the Office of Readings begins a reading of the Book of Revelation. The first part of it contains letters to seven churches in Asia Minor.
The letters contain both praises and reproaches for the churches. Interestingly, some of them are reproached for false teachings. This book was probably written around the end of the first century, a time when we would consider the Church to still be in a state of pristine fervor. Yet, human nature is the same and problems occur in every time and place.
It's encouraging to read this, because it makes me at least realize that despite the problems the Church has today, we don't need to be discouraged about it. Jesus still walks with us today, just as he did with those Christians who lived so many centuries ago. And even if we hear his voice reproaching us for something, he does it with love.