Thursday, November 29, 2018

Mexico Day 4: From San Miguel to Puebla

by Steve Ray on November 29, 2018

Lot of time on the comfortable bus today but it was very profitable and fun. We watched the movie “For Greater Glory” about the Cristeros from 100 years ago and their courageous fight against the anti-Catholic Mexican government.

It brought tears to everyone’s eyes. It was especially moving knowing we were in the very part of the country where these battles and martyrdoms took place.

We prayed the Rosary, stopped at a couple places along the way and took a nap. We had Mass in front of the incorrupt body of the Blessed Sebastian de Aparicio. Fr. James’ homily is here.

We settled in at the Quinta Real Hotel which was a a convent 500 years ago. We ended with a great dinner in the courtyard and all had a early night to bed.


How Large is the New Jerusalem mentioned in Revelation

by Steve Ray on November 29, 2018

Revelation 21:10-27 describes the New Jerusalem at the end of time. It is exquisite and the writer of Revelation struggles with words to describe it’s glory and magnitude.

So, how large will the New Jerusalem be? Here is a diagram superimposed on a map of the United States.

Many people, especially the Orthodox Jews, discuss the building some day of the new Temple.

Sorry, there will never be a “new Temple” since that new Temple is already being built. It is the Body of Christ, the Church.

The Gospel of John tells us, “The Jews then said to him, “What sign have you to show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he spoke of the temple of his body” (John 2:18–21).

And St. Peter tells us more, “And like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).

Our destiny is marvelous, exciting and for all of eternity. But I wonder, does the size of the New Jerusalem imply there may be fewer people there than the universalists think?