“I saw a new heaven and a new earth,” St. John says. “I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” I heard “the one who was seated on the throne [say], ‘See, I am making all things new.’”
In the last two weeks I have seen and heard something very different. A bombing in Boston. An explosion in West, Texas. An earthquake in China. A collapsed building in Bangladesh. These things are happening not only at the state, national, and global levels. They are local too. I know that for some of you the ground under your feet is shaking and unstable, the structures of your life have collapsed, your world has exploded.
With all that I have seen and heard I go back to the Revelation to St. John but I don’t want to read his words again. I want to see what he saw. I want to hear what he heard. I don’t think I am alone in that. The people of Boston want to see and hear. The people of West want to see and hear. The people of China want to see and hear. The people of Bangladesh want to see and hear. Many of you want to see and hear. The darkness of the circumstances, however, makes it difficult to see and hear that all things are being made new. Continue reading