It’s January 1st, the house smells of collard greens and Hoppin’ John, The Rose Parade is on TV and the college bowl games are coming up this afternoon. What’s not to like?
It is also a day to remember in the Church. Today is the day Christians observe the naming of Jesus. Remember Jesus, the baby whose birth we celebrated just a short week ago? He is the one who came to earth in order to save many from their sins.
Leading up to Christmas, I always get a kick out those church signs that declare Jesus as “the reason for the season” yet as the 25th of December comes and goes each year, I notice that many of those signs change. Now they are wishing passersby a Happy New Year and suggesting a good resolution would be to attend worship each Sunday. (and it world actually)
Several others have already replaced their nativity scenes with signs pointing to annual yard sales and food drives. A few even have their Christmas trees removed and placed them curbside for the county recycling truck to pick up and process into mulch. I wonder, what happened to the SEASON of Christmas? Remember Christmas, the twelve day celebration of the church that begins on December 25th and ends on January 5th?
Oh… you mean THAT Jesus and THAT Christmas!
As we fondly remember the year that is past and look forward to the new, let us pause amid our New Year celebrations, traditions and pastimes to reflect upon the one who fulfilled prophecies of the old covenant, in order that humanity may have life according to God’s new covenant in Christ.
After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. Luke 2: 21 NRSV