110115 – The World Ends Yet Again

Scripture is filled with the words of prophets and teachers seeking to provide comfort to people in times of struggle. On All Saints Sunday, our readings offer two different, but related images. The prophet Isaiah invites his hearers to imagine God preparing a banquet for the whole world, a rich feast on the holy mount for all people. It is a vision of hope and joy in the face of the end of the world as the people knew it. John of Patmos writes to a new generation of people, who face different struggles, yet still see the world around them about to collapse. John reaches into the richness of his religious tradition to paint a picture of the City of God, no longer limited by place, but now embodied in the saints of the church. God will not be limited by the things of old, nor trapped in our preconceived notions of how the world is. Fasten your seat belts–the God of Jesus is now moving into the neighborhood–and the world will never be the same again. #Isaiah #Revelation #newheaven #newearth #newJerusalem #allsaints

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