No Harm or Ruin on all My Holy Mountain

The First Reading from the Office of the Reading in today’s Liturgy of the Hours has some nice imagery that some interpret as a depiction of Heaven, after all things are made new by the coming of the Lord and the establishment of His eternal Kingdom:

Isaiah 11: 6-9: “Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,
together their young shall rest;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra’s den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair.

There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the Lord,
as water covers the sea.”

(Via Divine Office.org.)

Peaceful imagery of what our true home may be like. Welcome Jesus into your life today (Christmas) and everyday. The Divine Healer will lead you home.

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2 Comments

  1. Ron Sidwell says:

    There’s a story told about Henry Kissinger that on a visit to Israel, he saw a display behind a thick glass that had a live adult lion sleeping lazily with a baby lamb surrounded by natural foliage. Kissinger was fascinated by it, and when he saw a worker there walking by the exhibit, he stopped the man and said, “if only I could get world leaders to cooperate who are sworn enemies to live in peace with each other the way that you have with the lion and the lamb. I have got to know. What is your secret?” The man smiled and said plainly, “No secret. Third lamb today.” Although the story is normally told to illustrate the futility of peace, the hopelessness of harmony, I think that the real answer to peace survives even the lion & lamb exhibit where the lion breaks down periodically – the answer is mercy; mercy and forgiveness. Even though the lion falls, the exhibit curator just brings another one, and when we fall or are injured by another, we let it go and forgive so that we will maintain the harmony and the peace.

  2. paulcoholic says:

    Amen, Ron. Thanks!