Read Isaiah 52:7-10

How beautiful upon the mountains

are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,

who brings good news,

who announces salvation,

who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy;

            for in plain sight they see the return of the LORD to Zion.

Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem;

for the LORD has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.

The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations;

 and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.


  From Rev. Magdalyn Sebastian, Wheeling First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who  announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation.

            What makes holy ground holy, and can holy ground consecrate those who stand upon it?

            Our passage from Isaiah suggests that mountains – already regarded as holy places that transcend the earthly and heavenly realms – have the ability to make holy the one who stands in that transcendent place bringing Good News.

            In a post-Easter light, we read into this passage the joyful anticipation of salvation through the person and life of Jesus Christ – the Ultimate Good News.  But what about those who have not heard?  Does not this passage suggest that we are called to announce the Good News of peace and salvation through Jesus?  Could it not also suggest that our faithful proclamation from the sacred mountain top has a consecrating effect on us?  Holy, beautiful feet.  

Lord God, help us not to keep Good News to ourselves this Advent.  May we proclaim the coming of the Lord standing on beautiful, mountaintop feet.


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