CHILDREN BY ADOPTION AND GRACE
A SERMON BY PASTOR CHICO MARTIN
Lections: Ps 148; Col 3:12-17; Luke 2:41- 52.
Most of us, I think, tend to smooth out our experience of time’s measured passage: we judge the duration of the year 2015 to be equivalent to the year 2014. Each lasts for 12 months, and 12 months equals 52 weeks; and each week has 7 days, etc. Even when one year “feels” as if it were longer than another, our “reasoning” informs us that this cannot be so. We move through time at a regular pace.
The narrative of Luke’s Gospel, however, moves at an irregular pace; Chapter 2 begins with the birth of the Divine Child Jesus, and ends when he is twelve years old, sitting among the rabbis in the Jerusalem Temple, “listening,” “asking them questions,” and amazing everyone with “his understanding and his answers.” Fully a third of his lifetime and more has been put behind him, and we have barely begun our story; for we are in an unfamiliar realm of time, where great things are expected to occur, again and again, at the same time of year. Continue reading