"This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem: 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. 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. He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD."
Friends, allow me a change of tack this Sunday. Today is Advent Sunday, the beginning of the liturgical year and the run up to Christmas, so an Advent reading feels apposite.
The incarnation of Jesus is about the spreading of the Good News of God's love and justice and mercy to everyone. This passage is a great statement that the covenant of love will no longer be limited to one people, but that 'many peoples' will be able avail themselves of it. Disputes will be settled, weapons will be transformed in tools to bring life rather than take it, and wars will cease even to be trained for.
We will all be able to learn God's way of being and be able to walk in His will. This is actually one of the Jewish ways of 'discipleship'; the balance of knowing God's wisdom and then walking his way.
For those who know me, if I tell you this passage is known as 'the pilgrimage of the nations,' you won't be surprised it is a favourite of mine. Buen Camino.
Prayer. Jesus says, 'behold, I am coming soon'. Even so, come Lord Jesus.' Amen.