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It may have seemed to his listeners that Jeremiah, whom they called “Terror-All-Around”, had nothing to offer but bad news. But in today’s reading from the 31st chapter of the Book of Jeremiah we read:
Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, proclaim it on distant isles, and say:
The one who scattered Israel, now gathers them together and guards them as a shepherd the flock. The Lord shall ransom Jacob and redeem him from the hand of his conqueror. Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion, they shall come streaming to the Lord’s blessings: the grain, the wine, and the oil, the sheep and the oxen. Then the young women shall make merry and dance and young men, and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into joy. I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.
– Jeremiah 31:10-13
From today’s Responsorial Psalm 46:
There is a stream whose runlets gladden the city of God,
the holy dwelling of the Most High.
God is in its midst; it shall not be disturbed;
God will help it at the break of dawn.
The City of God is often called Zion. I am sure that those who named the National Park we know as Zion here in the US, could only imagine that such beauty had to be worthy of being called Zion, the City of God. Let us remember that wherever we are, God is, and that it, too, is the City of God, and therefore beautiful.
More from today’s selection from the Book of Wisdom
All were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God,
and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing God who is,
and from studying the works did not discern the Artisan;
But either fire, or wind, or the swift air,
or the circuit of the stars, or the mighty water,
or the luminaries of heaven, the governors of the world, they considered gods.
Now if out of joy in their beauty they thought them gods,
let them know how far more excellent is the Lord than these;
for the Original Source of Beauty fashioned them.
Or if they were struck by their might and energy,
let them from these things realize how much more powerful is the One who made them.