We are now in the season after the Epiphany on the liturgical calendar. It began following January 6th and will continue until Ash Wednesday (February 13). It is a short season, since Easter comes earlier this year, but the season never fails to bring up interesting topics in the lectionary and never fails to focus our thoughts on what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
Next Sunday (January 13th) is known as Baptism of the Lord Sunday, and we get to meet John the Baptizer again (Luke 3:15-17, 21-22). We will get to contemplate what our baptism means to us, and to reconsider the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.
The next Sunday (January 20th), the Gospel Lesson is John 2:1-11, the first miracle of Jesus. If Jesus can turn water into wine, what do you think he can do with us?
And on the last Sunday of January (January 27th) the Gospel Lesson is of Jesus preaching in the synagogue in Nazareth (Luke 4:14-21). His sermon is short, he lets the reading from Isaiah speak for itself. And that is generally enough to stir up a congregation. Read on in that chapter and his hometown folks are ready to kill him.
May the light of Christ lead you through the days ahead. May Christ’s revelation to the world, be more revealed to you, and in you…