How Beautiful Upon The Mountains…

“How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings glad tidings,
announcing peace, bearing good news,
announcing salvation, and saying to Zion,
“Your God is King!” Isaiah 52:7

As I was sitting in the reverie of Holy Mass and contemplating the Nativity of our Lord, this was the first reading. This was the Old Testament reading, during the time BEFORE the Nativity. In this time there was, at least for the Jews a time of tribulation and a time of hope, and anticipation.

This is not unlike the times we are living in now… Today there are people who suffer through tribulations, and those who sit in anticipation of the Lord’s coming. I think in truth we are all a little bit of each of these people. Are there people who have doubts? Are there people who question? Are there people whose compass is a little off kilter? Sure there are! We are all on a learning curve.. We all have points where we are suffering, we are going through the growing pains in our spiritual lives, and in our earthly lives that can at times consternate and frustrate our spiritual lives.

When we read this passage, it might be easy to consider that those that they are speaking of are priests… Our priests and deacons and those in religious orders, are truly people who, like all of us are just on our own spiritual journeys. The question remains , however, that since we are the priestly people… We were baptized Priest, Prophet and King, is it not also OUR responsibility, and our goal to be the bearers of glad tidings ? Should it not be each of us who are the Christ bearers to the world in our lives ? Is it not for each of us to be bringers of peace into the world ? Should we also not be announcing salvation and announce to the world that God is king for you and for me ?
We tend to get lazy or reticent in taking the responsibility in sharing the Good News with others. Everyone has those periods where they are dealing with some challenge, and they get into a rut and go to Mass to get their spiritual feeding. The train stops there. They leave off what happens at the end of Holy Mass when the priest or deacon says “ Go forth to love and serve God through one another” . Everyone is guilty of this end of things at some point or other. It is important to do a review of our spiritual lives, and the Church gives us time to do this twice a year, during Lent , and during the Advent Christmas season.
We are at the time of this post, still in the Christmas Season. Christmas DAY is over, but as we know, Christmas is not just a DAY but a SEASON. During this time, I would encourage you to spend some time during this season to consider how it is that you are a bearer of glad tidings, a share in the Good News of salvation, and how beautiful are our feet upon the mountain of the Lord.
Do not be discouraged if you fall, if you fail, if you mess up, as there was only one person who was perfect. God has called you to your own path, to your own journey, to your own trials, to your own path of faith. Your path may be as individual as you are, however, it is the individual path, in a community where your path, is there to support everyone else in their path.

You don’t have to stand on the street corners and preach, you don’t have to memorize the entire Bible , you have to have a faith life, you need to live the life of a Christian and let your life be the testimony to the blessings that are present for others. The greatest testimony we can give is to live a life of faith, and go about mixing our faith life with works of mercy, allowing Christ to be the center of what we do, and who we are.
May God give you the gift of His peace !


3 Responses to “How Beautiful Upon The Mountains…”

  1. Allison Hinde Says:

    Sounds like the idea of evangilization we are all to do. It does not have to be with words wince we all dont have the tongue but prayer action and listening to others and having them see God through us will help the priest. We tend to think they have all the answers. They dont but they are the ones knowing where to look in the best spots. Peace

  2. SaintlySages Says:

    It is a wonderful mystery how God enables each of His adopted sons and daughters to seek and find Him by following the one way, “the way, and the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) Who is His beloved Son, yet calling each one to travel along this way through various vocations and stations in life, each generously applying the unique gifts God has given him for his own salvation, for the good of those in his care, and for the good of his fellow travelers, who are striving, whether they realize it or not, toward ultimate human happiness, which is union with Him in Heaven.

    May God bless you, Brother, with His finest graces in this New Year, and throughout the years ahead!

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