In Scripture, the number seven often has a special significance. For example, the first chapter of Genesis describes the creation of the world as taking place over seven days. In the story of Noah, seven pairs of each clean animal were allowed to enter into the ark. Sacrificial animals had to be at least seven days old before they could be deemed acceptable. Naaman, the commander of the Syrian army, afflicted with leprosy, was told by the prophet Elisha to bathe in the Jordan River seven times if he wanted to be healed. And, in the Battle of Jericho, Joshua told the Israelites to march around the city walls for seven days. In Jewish mythology, the number seven connoted completion, fullness, and fulfilment. And in Scripture, it is used to signal divine perfection. For instance, Isaiah listed seven qualities that the Messiah would demonstrate: wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge, godliness, and fear of the Lord. So it’s no surprise that today’s second reading would use seven words to describe the kind of praise and devotion Jesus deserves: “power and riches, wisdom and strength, honour and glory and blessing” (Revelation 5:12). In other words, Jesus is worthy of all the worship, devotion, and obedience we can offer him. Every time we celebrate Mass, we are saying the same thing. We are celebrating who Jesus is and what he has done for us by dying and rising. We are telling him, “Jesus, we ascribe to you all power, riches, wisdom, and strength. We proclaim that you are worthy to receive all of our glory, honour, and praise.” So when you are at Mass today, think about the number seven. Then do what the angels and saints do. Join them by falling on your knees in worship.