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Still Feasting

December 27, 2020

“But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

Today is the Third Day of Christmas. The feasting continues! Last night it was a meal of Swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes, corn and homemade pretzels, and (of course) lefse. We will be eating well for days!

As we continue our Christmas feasting, we also continue to celebrate the feasts appointed for this season. Yesterday it was Stephen; today is the Feast of John, Apostle and Evangelist. Along with his brother James, John was one of the first to hear and respond to the call of Jesus. No doubt he was reflecting on this moment years later when he wrote that this was not of his will, but of God’s. Why else would he and his brother leave their nets and their father, Zebedee? But leave they did, committing their living into the Lord’s hands. We give thanks for John especially at Christmas, rejoicing in the words he gave us, words proclaiming the Word made flesh.

On this Feast of John, may you be blessed in your feasting and in your generosity. As the Word came down in the fullness of time, may all God’s people be filled during this time.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of glory, you reveal your splendor in the Baby of Bethlehem, the crucified King, the Word made flesh. Fill us with his glory and give us faith to follow. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: St. John on Patmos, Gaspar de Crayer, between 1649 and 1669 (public domain).

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