On this Day of Our Lord’s Baptism our lesson from St Mark reminds us that what belongs to Jesus through the Father’s live also belongs to us by faith in the waters of baptism.
Sore throat, but still preached from St Paul’s letter to Titus in the lectionary. Jesus came to save, and he saved us out of love. Merry Christmas! (P.S. Enjoy the poem based on the letter to the Hebrews appointed for Christmas III below the sermon! Forgive the double-spacing; can’t change it on WordPress.)
Who Is This Jesus? (Christmas Day – Hebrews 1:1-4)
Who is this Jesus?
Who is this babe?
The Son of Mary?
The Son of God?
He is the one of whom prophets wrote,
Of whom through their words, our Father spoke.
He is the heir and Son Most High,
Who has made all things both far and nigh.
He is the radiance that comes from God,
His very stamped image deserving of laud.
He is the One who upholds the world,
The Word that keeps all things from coming unfurled.
He is sits at God’s right hand, enthroned above,
Whose blood bought forgiveness through his great love.
Above all the angels, his own name exceeds
All creatures in heaven or earth who owe creeds.
Here is this Jesus!
Here is this babe!
The sure Son of Mary.
The true Son of God.
Being part of an active ecumenical ministerium is such a blessing. Today I had the chance to share about our wise God as St Paul writes to the Romans about. May we all rejoice in the mystery now revealed in Christ’s coming!
Our lesson from 1 Thessalonians this Gaudete Sunday gives us practical instruction in how to pass the time joyfully while we the coming of our Lord and King.
The lectionary this week helps us answer the question, “Why wait?” with the passage from 2 Peter 3:8-15a.
As we begin this season of penitent preparation for the coming of our Lord, the lectionary bring St Paul’s salutation tot he Corinthian church to our attention. In so doing, we are admonished with ways by which we can wait with strength for the promises of God.