On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare
a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine –
the best of meats and the finest of wines.
On this mountain He will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
He will swallow up death for ever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces;
He will remove his people’s disgrace
from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.
In that day they will say,
‘Surely this is our God;
we trusted in Him, and He saved us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in Him;
let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.’
– Isaiah 25:6-9 (NIV)
The Lord prepares a special feast
for all of us on His mountain.
There He will provide succulent food and fine wine
– a symbolic reference to the divine fare that God will provide
and which surpasses anything that we can imagine.
Jesus instituted the Eucharistic banquet,
in which He provides divine nourishment,
His own Body and Blood,
which strengthens the soul
and is a pledge of future glory.
We are encouraged us to bear this in mind when we receive the Eucharist.
St. John Baptist Mary Vianney tells us that
the Eucharist “is an eternal pledge to us;
it assures us of a place in heaven;
it is a guarantee that one day heaven will be our home.
Moreover, Jesus Christ will raise up our bodies in glory,
in accordance with how often and with what dignity
we have received His Body in Holy Communion.”
Let us rejoice and be glad
in that the resurrection of Christ marks the definitive victory over death.
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes,
and death shall be no more,
neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore,
for the former things have passed away.” (Rev 21:4).
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Jesus, remember me when You come into Your Kingdom!
There, where You will wipe away every tear from my eyes,
I hope to share in Your glory.