On the first Sunday of Advent this year, we heard the prophet Isaiah promise a future time when “all nations” would join in a great procession up Mount Zion to worship the Lord in his Temple. For centuries, the Israelites held onto this hope that one day “the mountain of the Lord’s house” would be raised above all the others: Israel would become so glorious that all nations would stream toward it (2:2).
Now let’s see how the Christmas season comes to an end: on the twelfth and final day of Christmas, we will celebrate the feast of the...
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