January 6th Epiphany of the Lord
Title:Let Us Adore Him
Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6 & Matthew 2:1-12
Thought for Reflecion: The visit by the foreign Magi is a powerful reminder that the curious events taking place in Judea had ramifications far beyond the Jewish territories and people. The Christ-child was a gift for the world.
January 13th Baptism of the Lord
Title:"With Water and Fire"
Scripture: Isaiah 43:1-7 & Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Thought for Reflection: Each year the church greets the beginning of the calendar year with a remembrance of the beginning of Jesus' public ministry. John, who wouldn't live to see the birth of the church, is already giving prophetic witness to what it will look like - a community of believers claimed by God's Holy Spirit, symbolized with a of washing in water and carrying the fire of that Spirit into a dark world.
Title:"The Crux of the Matter"
Scripture: Psalm 19 & Luke 4:14-21
Thought for Reflection: It must have been shocking for the elder of Nazareth to have Jesus return to their midst and proclaim the prophetic hope of Jubilee. Just as shocking as it would be today for a religious leader to proclaim justice for the poor and the oppressed - and yet that is what the Body of Christ, the church is called to do. The consequences were dire for Jesus and they can still be dire for his disciples 2000 years later.