Category Archives: Christmas

The First Sunday After Christmas

God came in Jesus fully to reveal God’s love and forgiveness to all Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3 Psalm 147 Galatians 3:23-25, 4:4-7 John 1:1-18 John’s Prologue poetically tells us that Jesus existed in the beginning with God the Father and … Continue reading

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Christmas Day

In the beginning there was the Word. Isaiah 52:7-10 Psalm 98 Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12) John 1:1-14 The above readings are for Christmas III, most appropriate for Christmas Day, while readings for Christmas I and II are often used on Christmas … Continue reading

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Advent 4, Year B

A mystery is revealed. 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38 Today’s readings invite us to respond to the wonder and mystery of God with a clear and joyful “yes.” In 2 Samuel, God surprises David … Continue reading

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Advent 4: Year A

Name the child “Emmanuel” Isaiah 7:10-17 Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-25 Matthew’s story of the birth of Jesus includes a quotation from Isaiah, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called … Continue reading

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The Second Sunday After Christmas

Adopted as Children of God Jeremiah 31:7-14 Psalm 84 Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-19a Depending on what lectionary readings you choose today (there are several options: Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 in which the Holy Family flees to Egypt; Luke 2:41-52 of the boy … Continue reading

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The Holy Innocents – December 28th

Weeping for our Children Isaiah 63:7–9 Psalm 148 Hebrews 2:10–18 Matthew 2:13–23 The birth of Jesus according to the Gospel of St. Matthew is fraught with peril, flight, exile, and murder.  Most of us never hear of this drama since … Continue reading

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Advent 4: Year C

Pregnancy and Promise Micah 5:2-5a Psalm 80:1-7 Hebrews 10:5-10 Luke 1:39-45 (46-55) “Advent is the waiting season, hoping to be rediscovered. She is seasoned waiting, wishing wisdom and pregnant with promised life. She is a season conceived each day.” Joseph … Continue reading

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