The Mountain of the Lord, Day 4

“The Mountain of the Lord, Day 4”
Isaiah 2:4c
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

In days to come,
The mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest mountain
and raised above the hills.

All nations shall stream toward it.
Many peoples shall come and say:
“Come, let us go up to the Lord’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
That he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”
For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

He shall judge between the nations,
and set terms for many peoples.

They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
One nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.
House of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord!

Isaiah 2:2-5

In the midst of desolation, the prophet Isaiah calls for hope in the transcendent and faithful God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who guides his beloved people in time and history. The all-holy God whose name could not be pronounced identified himself by the names of his chosen sons. “Come, let us go up to the Lord’s mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob” (Isaiah 2:3). 

The God who could not be contained by heaven or earth (Isaiah 66:1) entered into human history through the line of David and Abraham (Matthew 1:1), and ultimately Adam, the son of God (Luke 3:38). 

Peace, reconciliation, and communion with God are not abstract ideas from an abstract deity, but a concrete Son born of a Virgin who suffered, died, and rose from the grave. 

The transformation of violence and war into the peace of the kingdom of God begins with the divine child:

For every boot that tramped in battle,
every cloak rolled in blood,
will be burned as fuel for fire.

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us;
upon his shoulder dominion rests.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, 

Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:4-5

2 Replies to “The Mountain of the Lord, Day 4”

  1. Dear GMC, your reflection reminds me of what Saint Pope John Paul II said: “Holiness is to raise one’s eyes to the summits. It is intimacy with God the Father who is in Heaven. In this intimacy each one of us is aware of our nature with all its limitations and difficulties.” Today, I will go to the mountain of the Lord, to the summits, to find communion with God. And take everyone in prayer with me. Thank you, GMC, for your inspiring reflection.

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