In the outside world, Sunday night is the end of leisure time. The Compline reading looks to a grander end, the completion of all time when the Lord Jesus will complete his Reign and all peoples and nations will be gathered into a final paradise.
Notice that phrase I’ve highlighted in blue. It is where Bishop Mark Seitz drew the title for his pastoral letter on racism. In these times of civil unrest, it is good to remember the promise of our God. We should be bold enough to hold him to that vow, that we will be welcomed into an everlasting kingdom. The last verse suggests something of a representative government. Would that if it were so, it would be in wisdom, and not self-serving foolishness.
They will look upon (the Lord’s) face,
and his name will be on their foreheads.
Night will be no more,
nor will they need light from lamp or sun,
for the Lord God shall give them light,
and they shall reign forever and ever.
(Revelation 22:4-5, NABRE)
A good way to end the Christian Sabbath, don’t you think? It does beg the question: will Compline be retired if “night will be no more”?