The LIGHT Has Come: A Worship Series For Advent and Christmas
May I begin this week’s reflection with a confession?
When the temperatures outside were still near 80 in September, I began listening to Christmas music.
I have a friend who once said she could listen to Christmas music year round, and I know what she means. As a kid, one of my favorite songs was, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” My mom loves to recall how I would be singing it when she dropped me off at school in every month except December!
Tidings of great joy and good news for all people abound in Advent and Christmas. Even people who don’t believe in Jesus are humming along to songs about him in concert halls and shopping malls. But the Christ child’s message of hope and peace is one the Church must proclaim year round with our lives and our words. The light over Bethlehem never goes out, no matter how dark the skies of life might seem.
During the Advent and Christmas seasons, we will use the acronym of LIGHT to guide us through the lectionary readings. We’ll reflect on the prophets some weeks and gospel writers other weeks. A common thread throughout will be that the Light has come, the Light is here, and the Light will come again. Such is our proclamation as the body of Christ! I look forward to worshiping with you in this sacred and holy season.
all good things to each of you,
Lectionary Texts for December 2, 2018
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13