The first reading at Mass on Sunday, the Epiphany, was taken from the prophet Isaiah.
The glorious God shares his glory with his people and all people.
Arise, shine out, Jerusalem, for your light has come,
the glory of the Lord is rising on you,
though night still covers the earth
and darkness the peoples.
Above you the Lord now rises
and above you his glory appears.
The nations come to your light
and kings to your dawning brightness.
Lift up your eyes and look round:
all are assembling and coming towards you,
your sons from far away
and your daughters being tenderly carried.
At this sight you will grow radiant,
your heart throbbing and full;
since the riches of the sea will flow to you,
the wealth of the nations come to you;
camels in throngs will cover you,
and dromedaries of Midian and Ephah;
everyone in Sheba will come,
bringing gold and incense
and singing the praise of the Lord.
How striking is the attraction of God’s glory – the nations flow to Jerusalem to give him honour and glory. Pilgrimage and regular formal worship have their place in all our lives.
But the test of our religion is how we transfer its good and glorious values into our daily living – away from gold, incense, and the like (at least for most of us!)
How does the glory of God register with us there?
- What might you do today to manifest that glory, and to share it with others.
Font, marked with the shape of the pilgrim’s shell. Coventry Cathedral. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.