On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22.2
Today’s quote is from the Revelation, or vision, of St John of Patmos, one of those called ‘St John the Divine’. It’s known as an ‘Apocalyptic’ vision - a multi-layered vision that expresses the end of all things. But it’s a mistake to take this too literally - it’s a vision, poetic and metaphorical, filled with strange imagery and slippery enough to prevent us from finding a simple, or simplistic,meaning within it.. It does state a hope, however, that God will bring healing and wholeness to all creation.
But it doesn’t absolve us of our own calling to bring healing to our world, for Christians we would say that we do this in partnership with the God who is known as ‘Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer of All’ - or Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but it’s the calling of all people - of any faith tradition or none - to participate in this work of radical hope and healing.
In our Eucharist and in our daily calling to live with the life of Christ we bring a broken world and commit ourselves to being people of gracious healing and love. We commit ourselves to hope. We commit ourselves, and long, for the shalom that is the completeness for which we work - not as a distant reality, but as a daily possibility.