Christmas Weekday - Monday
So, here we are, on the ninth day of Christmas. This holy explosion of joy over the incarnation of our Lord and Savior, the creator of the heavens and the earth, as a tiny, helpless human babe is much too big to be contained in a single day. And if we limit our Christmas celebration to December 25, we are likely to be so overwhelmed that we can’t really absorb the incredible impact of this best of Good News. So keep the Christmas celebration going – God is with us! Emmanuel!!
Today’s Common Lectionary Readings focus on what it means to live out that Good News. It means that we need to constantly remember that the battle is won – all that is left are the mopping up operations. God won the battle for us, by coming to live among us, as one of us. And if we truly believe that God has redeemed and saved the world, then we need to trust in God in all the details of our lives. The reading from Hebrews (Heb. 11:1-12) gives examples of people who staked their entire lives on God, acting in trust in God’s goodness and power. Noah builds an ark, no doubt to the derision of his neighbors, because God tells him it will be needed. Abram ups and leaves his home and moves into a strange land based on God’s promise of a great posterity.
Has there been a time in your life when God has called you to act, when it was not clear why or what would happen if you obeyed? I have received these calls on occasion, sometimes calling me to drastically reshape my life from the path I had planned. I have come to see that it is for my sake that the reasons behind the call remain obscure at the moment of choice. It is important for us to step out blindly in faith, on occasion. We need to experience viscerally the reality that we are dependent on God in everything we do. If our discernment of the call is true, then we will receive gifts unsuspected and unrequested after we respond to the call. But we can’t know what will happen until we step out in faith.
Jennifer Wright, Professor of Law, School of Law