Reading: He took me in spirit to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. It gleamed with the splendor of God. Its radiance was like that of a precious stone, like jasper, clear as crystal. It had a massive, high wall, with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationed and on which names were inscribed, (the names) of the twelve tribes of the Israelites. There were three gates facing east, three north, three south, and three west. The wall of the city had twelve courses of stones as its foundation, on which were inscribed the twelve names of the twelve apostles 11 of the Lamb. (Revelation 21:10-14)
Observation: This reading was my response to the question that one of my brothers asked about what does it mean in Matthew 24 when it says that heaven and earth will pass away. He understood earth passing away, but why would heaven pass away. I said that there would be no need for heaven, because of the new Jerusalem that would be created. I guess after reading last night and today, in the book of Revelation, John clearly says that there will be a new heaven and a new Jerusalem where God will make his dwelling among the human race.
Personification: Chastity – Able to form loving and caring friendships, which help us to act appropriately with our gift of sexuality. I guess when faced with the reality that God will be dwelling among us, it brings new light to forming loving and caring friendships. What I am seeing today is new way of looking at a chaste life, if we have enough loving and caring friends to surround us, we will constantly be reminded of God’s presence. Therefore, we will not allow ourselves to let our mind’s wander in places that we will find sin, or the absence of God.
Prayer: Lord, help me to keep forming loving and caring friendships in my life, so that I can always have your presence around me, not just in the new Jerusalem, if I am graced to ever see it, but in my life today. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen.