Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40
Adam’s rib was Christmas EveForeshadow of a pierced sideWho pulling down forbidden fruitSet fast in motion Yuletide.Joseph’s bride was Second EveEndowed with gift of pierced soulWho bowing down to own his willJoined God in making wounded whole.
My colleague's daughter has health problems and poor motor skills. She also has loving parents, a prayerful congregation and a devoted God.
Snow can be tiresome, even deadly, but it can also be a sign of holiness and of hope.
He roamed quarries at Carraracaressing blocks of marble, tracing veinslike a blind manto find the Virgin within. Here,the limp arm hangs; here,the bent head of the mother;here, her murdered son.He coaxed her from stonechiseling in her face the memory ofSimeon's prophecy of a sword piercing her heart:a wholly inadequate portent for this,this hammer of deathharder than marble.
After 48 years as a minister of word and sacrament, I will retire at the end of January.
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.
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