In the Bible, The Jews usually associated a mountain as being closer to God. In Matthew’s Gospel he places Jesus on a mountain to indicate that Jesus Actions or message is important. That is why the Beatitudes take place on a mountain with Matthew because he is writing to a Jewish audience. Many other things take place on a mountain: Moses receives the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, Jesus is transfigured on Mount Tabor, and Jerusalem sits on Mount Zion.
In addition to representing a place of importance, mountains also represent obstacles. Mountains are obstacles that block our vision of what lies ahead. We all have these obstacles in our lives and often wonder what’s next. This has been especially true for people during this Coronavirus quarantine and church closure. During times like these, God wants us not to focus on our mountains, but on him. He is the one who can help me overcome my mountains or obstacles even when they seem enormous.
Let us resolve trust in him. Be prepared that God may help you in a way that is totally unexpected or through the wise counsel of a friend or groupie. Let us climb our mountains together !
DeColores, Deacon Doug