Georges_de_la_Tour_021-largeReadings for Christmas Eve, 2015:  Isaiah 9:2-7Psalm 96Titus 2:11-14Luke 2:1-20

How God does what he does is as important as what God does. Christmas is a potent reminder of this truth. It is not merely that God has become man, that Christ has become flesh. It is the way in which God becomes man (a baby and not a king), it is the way the Christ becomes flesh through poor, unmarried, young, powerless virgin’s womb.

How God does what he does is as important as what God does. Let us celebrate this truth this Christmas and be reminded that Jesus’ birth in a stable, among animals, was not cute or sentimental but revolutionary. It was both the beginning of a new world a new way to live in it.

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth
of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully
receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence
behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and
for ever. Amen.