Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Numbers 6:22-27

Year A - “Holy Name” of Jesus - Naming Day
January 1, 2014

We often talk about the importance of the name of Jesus. In and of itself, it is inconsequencial. Let’s shift, for a moment, away from naming Jesus to what Jesus might name as his life-work. Might it be to reveal a blessing as a Way with G*D?

Christmas angels and Baptismal doves and Locked Room fires still echo down the years, “Thus you shall bless.” Does that sound like Jesus? Listen to him saying to you and to all, 

Bless you.
I affirm you.
A light of grace surround you.
A smile of peace be yours.

This, then, becomes a common journey of those on a Way with G*D. Don’t just bless Jesus’ name (as Jesus reminds us, just saying Jesus, Jesus, Jesus still takes $4+ to get a cup of Starbucks and is no heavenly ticket). Rather, be blessed and bless.  

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