Learning the Lectionary…
The Revised Common Lectionary surprised me yesterday when I opened the webpage to an abundance of choices for text on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. My world was a much easier one to live in when I was able to choose from 4 texts instead of the 12 that the Revised Common Lectionary offered this week. The text that my home church choose for this week is Luke 2:1-20. (The only reason I know is that our Youth Pastor creates a Lectio Divina podcast for us to listen to every week.) I was going to pick a text from the same “Proper,” I, II, or III, that they choose from but it ended up not being that easy (what else did I expect?). The Revised Common Lectionary lists Luke 2:1-20 twice. It is in Proper I, and in Proper II.
After roaming around the internet for a few this morning, I don’t really have an answer as to WHY there are 3 sets of text to choose from this week. (If YOU know, could you drop an answer in the comments?) I did find an amazing explanation for the Lectionary as a whole on the Reformed Worship blog, this blog alone made it well worth my time this morning! The example that Friz West gave made the Lectionary easier to understand. Loved it!
Picking the Text…
After flipping a coin…well asking my 14-year-old (Happy Birthday, Dev!) to pick a whole number between 1 and 2, I will be picking a text from Proper I this week. Staying with the Old Testament for the time being that gives me Isaiah 9:2-7.
The Message (MSG)
2-7The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light.
For those who lived in a land of deep shadows—
light! sunbursts of light!
You repopulated the nation,
you expanded its joy.
Oh, they’re so glad in your presence!
The joy of a great celebration,
sharing rich gifts and warm greetings.
The abuse of oppressors and cruelty of tyrants—
all their whips and cudgels and curses—
Is gone, done away with, a deliverance
as surprising and sudden as Gideon’s old victory over Midian.
The boots of all those invading troops,
along with their shirts soaked with innocent blood,
Will be piled in a heap and burned,
a fire that will burn for days!
For a child has been born—for us!
the gift of a son—for us!
He’ll take over
the running of the world.
His names will be: Amazing Counselor,
Prince of Wholeness.
His ruling authority will grow,
and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.
He’ll rule from the historic David throne
over that promised kingdom.
He’ll put that kingdom on a firm footing
and keep it going
With fair dealing and right living,
beginning now and lasting always.
The zeal of God-of-the-Angel-Armies
will do all this.