The First Reading gives us a picture of the Lamb as if it had been slaughtered. This is the Lamb who was worthy to take the scroll to open its seals. This Lamb was slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God saints from every tribe and language and people and nation; you have made them into a kingdom of priests serving our God, and they will reign on earth. This Lamb is Jesus who offered his life so we can live. This is the heart of Jesus, that all be saved.
He shows this love for his own nation when he lamented over it telling it if you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace! Jesus, their Messiah, the Prince of Peace has come and they have rejected him. And now, there is no turning back.
Jesus, the Lamb was slain to redeem every human being. But this redemption requires a response: to recognize the things that make for peace. God will not save us without our permission. We cannot say everyone is going to heaven. I cannot say I am going to heaven because I did this, or I did that. Jesus paid the price already and we cannot buy our way to salvation. What we can do is recognize what makes for peace: Jesus himself. This is what Jesus said is the time of your visitation from God. God visits us and when he comes we need to recognize him. Otherwise when that time ends, we will have to face the consequence of our decision.
This coming of Jesus is not only in the second coming. It happens every day. We encounter God every day. We meet him. And every time is a moment of redemption. It is an opportunity to surrender to God our situation and condition and allow him to redeem it.
God is here. He comes in your state, whatever it may be. There is always hope because God is here. Are you in a situation where there seems to be no hope? God is here, and he wants to redeem it. Recognize what will make for peace. Receive Jesus. Allow Jesus to enter your situation to redeem it and wait for it to be transformed according to the power of God.
Lord, I give you permission to enter my situation. Redeem it Lord and transform it so I can glorify your name.