Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

First Sunday after Christmas December 30, 2012

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

First Sunday after Christmas December 30, 2012

Article excerpt

1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26

Psalm 148

Colossians 3:12-17

Luke 2:41-52

First Reading

There is an obvious lectionary parallelism happening here, with Luke's closing comment in verse 52 that "Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor" paired with the comment about the boy Samuel that he "continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with the people."

Both Jesus and Samuel grow over their childhood years in the favor of God and in the favor of people. This is a beautiful gift of Scripture for us: because it's not just Jesus who grows in divine and human favor. Samuel does as well. This means that we cannot simply dismiss this as something about Jesus, and we're not Jesus. No, God favored Samuel as well. And God favors each of us as well. This season, we can remember that God favors each of us enough to send Jesus into the world to proclaim good news to us, to embody good news for us, and to defeat the bad news through the power of the cross and the empty tomb.

Pastoral Reflection

Clothing is an important part of the witness of the readings for today. We begin in 1 Samuel by hearing that Samuel was a boy ministering before the Lord, while wearing a linen ephod (a robe with priestly and ceremonial import). …

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