I didn’t like where the dividing line fell in this morning’s reading, because sometimes I am on one side of the line, speaking truth to power and other times I am on the other side of the line, parroting the worst of what our culture has taught me. I think these stories are meant to be told together, to remind us that all our dividing lines are false and dangerous, and that we cannot simply wrap them up in religious rationales and be satisfied with the ways things are. That real religion, pure religion, cares for all who are in distress and amends itself when we notice that it is we ourselves who have caused harm.
Texts: Isaiah 52:7-10 + Psalm 98 + Hebrews 1:1-12 + John 1:1-14 The Church seems to have its clocks set perennially about four to six weeks ahead. Even as we gather this morning, the world is already moving on from its celebration of Christmas and preparing for New Year’s Eve parties and the start of … Continue reading Sermon: Tuesday, December 25, 2012: Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Day