There are so many things to like about paying attention to the liturgical year and one of them, that I am sure I have mentioned before, is the Christmas isn’t just one day. This year there are two Sundays after Christmas Day. Two Sundays where we get to sing Christmas carols and songs and think about Christmas and what it means. So why did I end up preaching out of Galatians?
An excellent question, and one I quite likely would have asked too. The Gospel lesson for this Sunday is taken from Luke 2 so there is lots of conventionally Christmas-y things there but the more I pondered the text options the more I kept coming back to Galatians and St. Paul’s discussion about how we are children of God. This is a theological truism and as such hardly seems worth preaching about but something that struck me this year is that the Incarnation didn’t just put God in human flesh so he might experience what we do, this is hardly necessary for an omniscient being, but that we might share in Jesus’ experience. We are children, adopted children with all the same rights, privileges and experiences of Jesus. That’s a Christmas present indeed.
Knox Presbyterian Not just one child
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Not just one child
PS These are the first sermons where references to me becoming a grandfather appear . . . just an added bonus!
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