What you have come to is nothing known to the senses: not a blazing fire, or a gloom turning to total darkness, or a storm; or trumpeting thunder or the great voice speaking which made everyone that heard it beg that no more should be said to them.
But what you have come to is Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem where the millions of angels have gathered for the festival, with the whole Church in which everyone is a ‘first-born son’ and a citizen of heaven.
You have come to God himself, the supreme Judge, and been placed with spirits of the saints who have been made perfect; and to Jesus, the mediator who brings a new covenant and a blood for purification which pleads more insistently than Abel’s.
2nd Reading for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the Incarnation, the Lord comes to us in the business of being human. There is nothing in our lives – but sin – that is not sanctified by his taking flesh. And even our sin is redeemed, if we will allow.
But there lacks reciprocity and completion until we come to him, and learn to live holy lives: holy, loving, in their every aspect. Until we do he will not abandon us, but until we do there remains work to be done!
Photograph (c) 2017, Allen Morris. Exhibit on dining La Vieille Charite, Marseille.