Christmas | Nativity of the Lord (Year C)
<p>Proper 1: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14, (15-20)</p><br><p>Proper 2: Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20</p><br><p>Proper 3: Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12); John 1:1-14</p>
In my lectionary column on Luke 2:1-4, I focus on the theme of hope. Whenever I think about hope, I remember the story of Rabbi Hugo Gryn. He was the senior rabbi at the West London Synagogue when he died almost ten years ago.
I don’t know what a perfect first-century family looked like, but I’m certain that Joseph and Mary didn’t qualify.
According to Google Maps, it would take 34 hours to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem on foot. The question for Luke in this journey of two peasants is where hope might be found.