Taste and See: Future glory, future security

In the spirit, the angel took me to the top of an enormous high mountain and showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down from God out of heaven. It had all the radiant glory of God and glittered like some precious jewel of crystal-clear diamond. The walls of it were of a great height, and had twelve gates; at each of the twelve gates there was an angel, and over the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; on the east there were three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. The city walls stood on twelve foundation stones, each one of which bore the name of one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

I saw that there was no temple in the city since the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb were themselves the temple, and the city did not need the sun or the moon for light, since it was lit by the radiant glory of God and the Lamb was a lighted torch for it.

2nd reading for the 6th Sunday of Easter
Apocalypse 21:10-14,22-23

The Old City of Jerusalem is an extraordinary place. There has trod saints and sinners in surely greater concentration than any where else on earth. There witness has been borne to the holiness of God and the potential of holiness in humankind. There witness has been borne to the some of the worst excesses of hatred and violence of which humankind is capable.

The Scriptures offer us the promise of a renewed and entirely holy city. They also show us the way forward that we might be citizens there.

  • What heavenly virtue might you seek help in cultivating?
  • What quality might you seek to be free of?

Heavenly Jerusalem. Banner in Church of St Victor, Marseille. (c) 2017, Allen Morris

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