Three times a year, a worship service ends and I go back to the vesting room to change—and I feel as though I'm walking into a time warp.
Christmas | Nativity of the Lord (Year A Year B Year C)
Proper 1: Isaiah 9:2-7 (Psalm 96); Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14, (15-20). Proper 2: Isaiah 62:6-12 (Psalm 97); Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:(1-7), 8-20. Proper 3: Isaiah 52:7-10 (Psalm 98); Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12); John 1:1-14
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.
It is not as though Mary and Joseph have a choice.