Twelfth Sunday – Year A

“How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who bring good news, good news.  Announcing peace, proclaiming news of happiness, our God reigns, our God reigns.”  I first heard this hymn at the International Charismatic Conference in Dublin in 1978 and it has been a favourite of mine ever since. The words come from Isaiah 52:7 and what sweet music they were for those in exile in Babylon. It must have been a wonderful sight to see this harbinger of good news striding across the mountains, announcing peace, happiness and the reign of God once more. That phrase, ‘our God reigns’, should not be taken for granted. In those days, each nation had its own god and exile in Babylon meant that the god of Babylon had overcome the God of his Israel.  But now that their God reigns once more one can expect peace and stability again. Continue reading