December 28, 2017
So much for the warm and joyful glow of Christmas….
It’s unfortunate that relatively few people are paying attention to the liturgies in these days immediately following Christmas Day, for they all touch on dimensions of the Christian life that are as relevant today as they were two millennia ago:
Misunderstanding and persecution—St. Stephen, Protomartyr
Evangelization—St. John, Apostle and Evangelist
Tyranny, cruelty and violence in the world—Holy Innocents
Church-State tensions—St. Thomas Becket, Bishop and Martyr
The Word did not become flesh to make us feel good but rather to transform us and, with us, our world. That call and process are inherently disruptive and at times even painful. Yet they are also expressions of God’s love for us and how that love leads us to a new way of being and living called the kingdom of God. Crib, cross and Christ—all part of the same story that continues to unfold.—JC