Reading: Revelation 21: 10 & 22-27
In our community, and perhaps in yours, there is a large diversity of places of worship. There are not only a variety of Christian denominations but other faiths as well. In a smaller community the diversity is probably less and in a larger city the diversity is probably greater. Diversity implies a positive. Diversity adds variety. Diversity can also bring out our differences and can create divides. Yet we must remember that our call is to go out and make new disciples of all nations. When we do this, we must do this in love.
Today’s passage speaks of a time when all will worship God alone. When the new Jerusalem comes down, it will be heaven here on earth. There will be no places of worship because all everywhere will worship God alone. His glory will light up the city all the time; there will be no night. In God there is no darkness. The city’s gates will never be closed. The text says that nothing impure will enter the city. All in the new Jerusalem will be holy as He is holy.
One of my favorite parts of confirmation every year is our trip to a large city. We visit a mosque, a synagogue, and an Orthodox Church. At each house of worship we meet with the leader who shares about their faith and answers any questions we have. Each visit builds our understanding of others who are not like us in our beliefs. It also offers us an opportunity to talk to about why we believe what we believe. It is a great experience that enriches my life and my faith every year. After each stop I pray for God’s word in Christ to one day be revealed to them. Knowing God’s plan for eternity, may we pray for all not on a journey towards the new Jerusalem to join us on our walk as God calls all of us heavenward.