Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

The Nativity of the Lord December 25, 2012

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

The Nativity of the Lord December 25, 2012

Article excerpt

Isaiah 9:2-7

Psalm 96

Titus 2:11-14

Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)

First Reading

Isaiah speaks of a light coming to shine on those who live in darkness, providing a reason and an opportunity for rejoicing. Isaiah speaks of a burden being lifted, and a broken oppressor's rod. Titus tells us that the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. The angel speaks to the shepherds in the fields giving them the familiar gospel: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior ... the Messiah ... the Lord.

To you is born ... etechthey humin ... this is plural. To y'all is born this day in the city of David a Savior, the Messiah, the Lord. Remember that Isaiah spoke of a light coming to shine on an entire people: Isaiah's promise is to a nation, a people. Isaiah speaks of the lifting of the yoke of their burden and the bar across their shoulders. The reading from Titus is also in the plural, emphasizing it in the very opening phrases: "the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all " The gospel that we proclaim this night is for all.

The gospel that we proclaim this night is always plural; but not only is it plural meaning, for the entire congregation gathered before you. These readings make it very clear that this gospel is plural in the widest sense of that word: this gospel is really the good news of salvation for all, for the entire world, for all of creation.

Pastoral Reflection

What can you say about the events of this night that will mean something, that will help people to see or understand the events in a new way? …

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