, Part I, no. 3
Ev'ry valley shall be exalted, and ev'ry mountain and hill made low, the crooked straight and the rough places plain.
In this demanding aria
, the tenor soloist develops the theme of the advent
introduced in Comfort ye My people
. This message, associated by Christian
s with John the Baptist
's preaching in the wilderness, is also regarded as being a promise of the eventual Parousia
and the coming of a new earth
Meditation: It is not for us that the mountains will be made low. Teach us, Lord, to accept the ruggedness and unevenness in your creation, and to see your hand in the awkward and the random as well as the smooth and the ordered.
Tiefling's meditations on Messiah