Starting today, we’ll be shifting the posts and voting to a morning start.
Saint Paul had problems with the Christians in Galatea. And the Galatians had problems with him, most likely. The testiness comes out in his short letter to them. When fractures appear in the Christian community, do we work to repair them, even when they’re not our fault? Or do we insist on separate designations, rival camps, and our pet associations. Saint Paul gives us a good line to recall:
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Ideologues, take note.
From Handel’s Messiah to the Saint Louis Jesuits, the words of Isaiah have become much-loved among Christians. This verse should be familiar to people who love Midnight Mass:
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.
And today’s third passage comes via Mark the evangelist. The first proclamation of the Lord Jesus in that Gospel:
This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.
It’s a tough choice today, but someone has to vote. Or someones.