Monthly Archives: January 2019

Good News

Who do people think Jesus is?  Or, to narrow the question a little bit, who do the people of Nazareth in today’s reading think Jesus is (Luke 4:16-30)?  He grew up there; they know him and his parents.  He’s respected enough to be allowed to read in the synagogue.   So, he returns to his hometown after he’s been doing …

The Wedding at Cana

In chapter 2 of John’s Gospel, Jesus is at a wedding in Cana, along with his mother Mary as well as his disciples.  It is where Jesus will do his first miracle, turning water into wine.   There are a few significant things about this event.   First, Jesus chose to bless a wedding both with his presence and with …

The Baptism of Jesus

Today we celebrate the Baptism of Jesus.   Now in the very beginning, God created all things “very good” and perfect.  However, decay, death and evil soon intruded into God’s good creation through the sin of Adam and Eve.  This was “not good” and made His creation no longer perfect.  But, God promised a Savior who would reconcile us to …

A Light to the Nations

Last Sunday in our readings we had Jesus’ presentation at the temple and the joy that that gave the faithful Simeon and Anna who encountered him.  We have there the Song of Simeon where Simeon held the baby Jesus in his arms and praised him as a light for revelation to the gentiles and for glory for God’s people Israel.  …