We often think about the hope that lies before us in Christ. We are in the end a people that seeks the fruits of the resurrection of Jesus. Yet our understanding of what that new life will be is less than crystal clear. In today’s first reading from Isaiah we hear a vision of how God intends to renew his creation, and what our place in that new earth will be.
Thus says the LORD:
Lo, I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;
The things of the past shall not be remembered
or come to mind.
Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happiness
in what I create;
For I create Jerusalem to be a joy
and its people to be a delight;
I will rejoice in Jerusalem
and exult in my people.
No longer shall the sound of weeping be heard there,
or the sound of crying;
No longer shall there be in it
an infant who lives but a few days,
or an old man who does not round out his full lifetime;
He dies a mere youth who reaches but a hundred years,
and he who fails of a hundred shall be thought accursed.
They shall live in the houses they build,
and eat the fruit of the vineyards they plant.
Is Isaiah’s vision a glimpse of our own future? Or is what awaits us even greater? Only God knows, but my guess is that the reality of God’s loving plan is far greater than any of us can describe.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to find out!