The lectionary actually confuses me at the beginning of the year. Should I use Christmas 2 readings or epiphany readings?
I have decided to do both. I will be using the lectionary passage for the OT reading (Isaiah 60:1-9) and the Christmas 2 reading for the NT passage - John 1:1-18. Take that lectionary!
My sermon title is "Word and Light". Or Light and Word. Continuing the theme from my Christmas Eve reflection, the question becomes how do we respond to the light coming into world. I've been thinking of different ways that people respond to light: thieves hide from it, prisoners confess when interrogated under it, sleepers awake from it. Plants grow in it. (I know they're not people, but they are living). Light gives security or disruption depending on how we find ourselves in relation to the light. Isn't the same true of Christ? And ultimately, the story of epiphany is being guided by the light.
The word part comes from the thoughts of a seminary professor who did a lecture on John 1. He connected the beginning of John 1 with Gnesis 1 by saying that the word is God's creative activity in the world. I connect this to the idea of New Years resolutions and our desire to create or recreate something new in our lives.
Jesus comes into the world as both guiding light and life giving word. What will it look like for us to be both guided by that light and to have the things of the light birthed anew in our lives?
How 'bout you? What are you preaching on this Sunday?