Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Psalm 98

Year B - Christmas Day or Blessed Body
December 25, 2014

Psalm 98 is structurally very similar to Psalm 96. A key difference is that Psalm 96 (Christmas Eve) talks about talking about G*D’s glory, while Psalm 98 (Christmas Day) claims that such has been accomplished and we just jump up and down in celebration.

With that bit out of the way, when we look at both Psalms the response is to some event that rebinds us to one another and to creation. This gets talked about in religious terms of righteousness and truth and equity/justice/fairness.

We tend to get a bit personal in regard to this language. It usually boils down to my being justified and being included in. It is so easy to forget that Christmas is for Joy to the World starting in the mean streets of Bethlehem and is community based, not individual based. Would that Christmas would affect our church language and we would not ask about salvation by a personal Lord and Savior, but about wholeness of the community, friends, family, and enemies all together in a new way.

Christmas is universal or it is nothing. Question: What happened to the warm glow of singing Silent Night by candlelight? This is Christmas day. No more talking about a good game that is going to come ’round right. It’s day. Time to actualize, time to manifest, time to live what we trust.

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