Grace to you!
In the Book of Zechariah, Chapter Two, we read of a prophecy announced through an angel of God to Zechariah to the people of Israel. The prophecy states that for the future temple being built, there will be no walls because it will be open for many to enter. The only wall and protection will be God himself, who will do so with His fire and will be its glory.
Read the words of Scripture describing this promise: “Run, tell this to that young man: People will live in Jerusalem as though in open country, because of the multitude of men and beasts in her midst. But I will be for her an encircling wall of fire, says the LORD, and I will be the glory in her midst” (Zec 2:4-5).
While pointing to the immediate concerns of the people over 2500 years ago, this prophecy is a “type” (type in biblical studies in simple terms means figure), a figure of what is to come. The promise of God then is a pointer to the time of fulfillment. It is in this light that the Fathers of the Church like Saint Augustine read the above text.
The Church, the bride of Christ, is the fulfilled promise, the New Jerusalem, built without limiting walls, “a house of prayer for all peoples” (Is 56:7, Mk 11:17).
The Church is the mother who opens her arms for all to come in and have life. What this Church represents is God’s plan who, according to Saint Paul, wills (desires) all to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2:4).
Here we have the best open invitation. Come to the New Jerusalem and find life within. And more, God will build a wall of fire (security) around her and be her glory. Those who are born anew in the Body of Christ have divine protection.
Our glory as Church and as believers is in Christ. Christ is our glory. Being in him is to witness the glory of the Lord.
I am praying that we not only contemplate this glory, but also be enraptured in it. Amen
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Saturday Week 25 A: Zec 2:5-9, 14-15a; Lk 9:43-45]
Fr. Maurice Emelu
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