Holy to the Lord!

Zechariah 14:20-21
And on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “Holy to the LORD.” And the pots in the house of the LORD shall be as the bowls before the altar; and every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be sacred to the LORD of hosts.

In the book of Revelation, the heavenly Jerusalem is revealed to be a gigantic cube in shape (Revelation 21:16).  Similarly, in Ephesians 3:18, Paul prays that we “may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth” of…what?  Paul doesn’t say because he assumes we will know the allusion: the “breadth and length and height and depth” is another way of speaking of something that is a cube.  What does it all mean?  And what does it have to do with today’s verse?  It all goes back to the holiest structure in the Old Covenant, the Temple.  The Holy of Holies of the Temple was shaped like – you guessed it – a cube.  What are Paul and John getting at?  That the Church, the body of Christ, the “New Jerusalem” is now the “Holy of Holies.”  What the Holy of Holies imaged in the Old Covenant is now made reality in the Church in the New Covenant.  All the ordinariness of your life and mine – the bells on our horses, the pots in our sinks, the diapers we change, the work we do, the normal stuff of our lives – is as holy to the Lord as the Holy of Holies.  By our baptism into Christ we have entered the Heavenly Temple and are priests there.  Today, thank God for raising us up into the true Holy of Holies that is the Body of Christ.

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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