Lectionary Readings: Jeremiah 31:7-14 • Psalm 147:12-20 • Ephesians 1:3-14 • John 1:(1-9), 10-18
Focal Message: John 1 : In the Beginning was the Word …
When I was a little girl, and had learned to read, I became even more fascinated by the gifts under the Christmas tree—well, at least those with my name on the tag. I would move the package under a lamp and try to press the paper flat against the box to see if I could read any words: “Barbie,” “horse,” “Monopoly.” Or maybe something I hadn’t even asked for.
But even if I could read the words, it just increased my desire to get under the paper, inside the box. Because, though the words themselves were delicious, they were really just teasers to whatever was inside. They made me want to hold and touch and play with the actual thing the words described. The word wasn’t enough.
The Word was made flesh.
Media: We invite you to listen to this episode of the Pulpit Fiction podcast, which deals with both the passage from John 1 and the passage from Matthew 2 covering Epiphany.
God of glory,
your splendor shines from a manger in Bethlehem,
where the Light of the world is humbly born
into the darkness of human night.
Open our eyes to Christ’s presence in the shadows of our world,
so that we, like him, may become beacons of your justice,
and defenders of all for whom there is no room. Amen.