It is one of three red letter days in the week after Christmas–December 27 (Stephen), 28 (John), 29 (Holy Innocents). The remembrance of martyrs immediately following the Nativity remind us that this baby Jesus we celebrate was born into a real world, full of pain and death. And, it is a reminder to all of us that when we put our trust in the Christ Child, we will experience reality–sometimes its more real than we want.
It is a feast day for the community that I have been associated with for several years now. A Benedictine, Anglican group in Boston- The Society of St. John the Evangelist. Since becoming associated as a member of their dispersed fellowship, I have grown in my faith and have developed some holy disciplines that have been central to my life. When I was not working in the church, my community reminded me that I was in ministry every day, and that what I was called to be about Kingdom business. Now that I am back working in the church, they are a reminder that at the heart of all ministry is an ongoing relationship with God, and with others who are seeking the Kingdom Life.
Today, I pause and remember the Son of Thunder who left it all and followed Jesus on a journey that changed history, and our lives forever.
Shed upon your Church, O Lord, the brightness of your light; that we, being illumined by the teaching of your apostle and evangelist John, may so walk in the light of your truth, that at length we may attain to the fullness of eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.