2019 St. Julians Daily Advent Reflections
The Mountain of the Lord
2 This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:
2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. 3 Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
I am honored to be writing this reflection for the start of the Advent season. Especially, since I am blessed to be traveling for a pilgrimage to Jerusalem at the end of December. Fourteen years ago, I was on another Episcopal pilgrimage to the Holy Land. A journey, which changed my life.
I remember being overwhelmed by the beauty of Zion, the hill on which the city of David was built. To walk where Jesus traveled on the earth is to be immersed in an uncomprehend able world. The sights, smells, and sounds were distinct and transparent. You felt closer to God just walking the streets of Jerusalem, or being on the Sea of Galilee. The variety of religions and nationalities helped you to see the face of God in each human you met. It was a transitional journey of appreciation, and intense learning/comprehension/exposure to the bible’s stories.