“But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.”–John 1:12
In Sunday’s Bible readings we are reminded that we are claimed and called as children of God.
God creates family not because we are God’s blood relatives, but through adoption. In baptism we are claimed, redeemed, and forgiven. We receive wisdom and are lavished with grace. We are marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit. Through God’s powerful gift, we are gathered up, become children of God, and receive grace upon grace. Receiving this gift of grace we are called to live as children of the light.
In what ways will you live into 2020 as a child of God’s holy light?
Sunday’s Worship Music
Today’s Gospel reminds us that Jesus has always been present in our world, even as the Word at creation. We remind each other that this “Word” came to us in the form of a small child in mean estate. We know this is no ordinary child; this is the King of kings who has come for the salvation of the entire world.
Our Gospel reading from John 1 reminds us that God is the creator and we are the creation. We recall that the Word (Jesus the Christ) has been sent from God from the very beginning, and this Word enters into us today.
For Further Reflection
On this second Sunday of the Christmas season we invite you to consider this poem titled “On the Mystery of the Incarnation”
It’s when we face for a moment
the worst our kind can do, and shudder to know
the taint in our own selves, that awe
cracks the mind’s shell and enters the heart:
not to a flower, not to a dolphin,
to no innocent form
but to this creature vainly sure
it and no other is god-like, God
(out of compassion for our ugly
failure to evolve) entrusts,
as guest, as brother,
Denise Levertov, from The Stream & the Sapphire: Selected Poems on Religious Themes