One of our readings in this cycle of Easter Season Sundays comes from the Book of Revelation, the last book of our Bible. In today’s verses we hear the Risen Christ proclaiming, “Behold, I make all things new.” The author has a mystical vision in which he sees a new heaven and a new earth. The imagery is about God’s ongoing creative energy, constantly renewing the earth, constantly re-creating us in closer conformity with Christ.
The “new” theme continues in the gospel with the new commandment Jesus gives us – to love one another as he loves us. Wonderful renewal happens in our lives and in our relationships when we love others with this self-sacrificing love. It is a love that proclaims, “I am here for you.” It is how Christ is toward us. We are to be Christ-like.
How do you experience God’s renewing power at work in your life? How is God asking you to help others to experience this re-creation?