Christmas B1 Text Selection

Written by Joel on October 15th, 2008

I was invited to preach at my home church on December 28, the Sunday following Christmas day.

The Revised Common Lectionary readings for the day are:

Isaiah 61:10-62:3 (Roman Catholic: Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14)
Psalm 148 (Roman Catholic: Psalm 128:1-5)
Galatians 4:4-7 (Roman Catholic: Colossians 3:12-21)
Luke 2:22-40

I like the Gospel text for this day. It is Jesus being presented in the temple. It continues the Christmas season, which is fresh in everyone’s mind and contains imagery of the baby Jesus. And yet, this story is about more than the “cute” baby Jesus in the manger; it is about the recognition of his role as messiah.

This church practices believers baptism, normally around the age of 13 (for individuals who grew up in the church). For children of believers there is an infant dedication liturgy which happens shortly after birth. This church may be able to easily relate to the story in this way – a baby dedication for Jesus.


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