Reflections on the Readings for Sunday 25 December 2011
Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98:1-6; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18
I love it that Christmas falls just after the shortest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere. In the middle of winter darkness, the light comes. It is paradoxical, just like ‘the holy arm of the Lord bared in the sight of the nations’ as a baby in a feed trough. What kind of saving power is this? It is the kind we can so easily miss because we’re looking for something else.
It wasn’t a clever trick by God, to smuggle Godself into the world without people noticing, only to pull out the heavy ammunition later. It was the true expression of ‘God with us’, the perfect human face of the divine. The salvation and the power and the wisdom of God are perfectly revealed in the child born to Mary in Bethlehem. It turns all our expectations on their heads. And Jesus of Nazareth continues to do that. The baby was never harmless to the status quo. If in God there is no un-Christlikeness at all, then the mystery at the heart of everything undercuts all power and status games.
I wish you grace, love and light, and a merry Christmas!