Seeking the City that is to Come: A Reflection on Today’s Epistle Reading (Hebrews 13:7-16)

In this morning’s epistle reading, we read from the Book of Hebrews 13:7-16. During the reading, one particular verse stood out, and I’d like to offer some brief remarks. The verse is as follows:
 
“For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come” (Hebrews 13:14).
 
With all of the confusion in the Catholic Church, from a lack of strong leadership to moral laxity among the laity, many are looking to other churches to find stability. However, they often encounter the same concerns in other communions and then are tempted to despair. The root problem is the belief that we can find a fortified city – that is – a stable community of believers that is free from any assault of the enemy. Such a notion is contrary to Scripture, which reminds us that “we have no lasting city” on this side of the veil. Until we reach the “city that is to come,” we will have to wage war against God’s enemies – both the one’s outside and inside the earthly city of God!

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