Beyond Our Wildest Dreams!

Isaiah 30:19

Yea, O people in Zion who dwell at Jerusalem; you shall weep no more.  He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you.

“Jerusalem” means something in Scripture. Not the word “Jerusalem” (which refers to a particular city in the Middle East). Rather, the city itself, standing there on Mt. Zion means something: it is an image of Heaven and of the final glory of God with us in the communion of saints and the wonder of Christ’s Body. That is why St. John saw the “new Jerusalem” dressed as a Bride and coming down out of heaven. This sense that earthly things point to heavenly realities suffuses Scripture and is already present in the Old Testament (such as today’s verse). God’s promises to Jerusalem are fulfilled, not in a shiny gold throne and an endless parade of rich people carrying gold to the Temple, but in the final defeat of sin and death that is only given through Jesus and that culminates in the heavenly glory of which earthly Jerusalem is but a dim image. Today, rejoice that the words of the prophets are fulfilled in ways beyond the wildest dreams of the prophets!

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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