Today is Epiphany. Epiphany is the season that leads up to Lent where the Church has historically focused on the reality that Jesus is revealed as God in the flesh and that he is the great redeemer.
One of the passages in my reading today was from Isaiah 52,
How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
who publishes salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
The voice of your watchmen — they lift up their voice;
together they sing for joy;
for eye to eye they see
the return of the Lord to Zion.
Break forth together into singing,
you waste places 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.
This is a beautiful poem celebrating the reality of God’s redemption. When Isaiah wrote it the redemption of God’s people hadn’t happened yet. They were still under the auspices of Babylon. But, in the face of the exile, God through Isaiah, reminded them that hope was not lost and that redemption would come.
What really sticks out to me as I read this passage this morning is the opening stanza (one the Apostle Paul picks up on in Romans), “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” In particular is the phrase, “who publishes peace.” Peace here is the Hebrew, “shalom.” This word meant more than lack of strife, it is in reference to a wholeness of being.
We learn from the apostle Paul that we are called to be ambassadors for Jesus. That means that we speak on his behalf to the world. As I take stock in my own life I am left wondering, am I one who brings shalom/peace? Do my words and life help to bring peace? Or, am I one who adds to the noise of division in our world? We live in a time of disintegration, time where people’s lives are disjointed. As a representative of Jesus, I am called to help bring integration, to help people sew their lives back together.
I wonder, do I have beautiful feet? How about you?
from The Subversive Journey https://danielmrose.com/how-are-your-feet-beabdb4657ce?source=rss—-bbc765b79ec5—4