As we begin a new liturgical season, and indeed a new year – the first year in our three year cycle of readings – it seems appropriate that the first image that is presented to us is something that is so deeply ingrained in my psyche – the mountain as a sacred place. I grew up in the shadow of a beautiful mountain – Mumbulla Mountain in the Bega Valley, a place that is sacred to my family and to the Aboriginal people. Our readings begin with the vision of the Prophet Isaiah of all the nations streaming up to the holy mountain of the Lord, and being changed and transformed by the law and ways of God, as we worship together. (7’19”)

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Advent 1A.