Sunday, January 1, 2012

Christmas - January 1


Psalm 93, 96, 34

1 Samuel 1:1-2, 7b-28

Colossians 1:9-20

Luke 2:22-40

Two of today’s passages relate the stories of children being consecrated at the temple. The prophet Samuel and Christ both came from faithful families who did not shy away from doing the religious duties. Today as the Christmas season connects to the new calendar year and the inevitable resolutions to do better that come on the occasion, we have the opportunity to investigate the foundation of our own faith and consider our place in the Church.

As the young men were consecrated to the work that came to them, we have the opportunity to reflect on how well our lives are consecrated to the work God has called us into. Are we doing all that we can, or are we skirting by with a minimal effort and involvement?

The natural energy that comes with this time of year presents opportunities for us to do so much more. Let us take time in this season to find our place in the Church and carry it into the world around us.