Here are my thoughts for the “Back Page” for this coming Sunday, 26 January 2020 (3rd Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A). Service starts at 10:15 am and you are always welcome.
At first, I couldn’t understand why the Old Testament reading for this Sunday began by focusing on the Birth of Jesus. But the passage was also about a new light shining in the world.
The first to visit the Baby Jesus were the shepherds, the outcasts of society. Throughout His ministry, Jesus reached out to the outcasts, the misfits, the “outsiders”. His was a light in a darkened time.
Then came the Magi. Strangers from a different country, they represented the light of the mind. They sought to understand the light they saw in the sky. Their heritage was teaching and exploration. The hallmark of Jesus’ ministry would be teaching and healing.
A few years later, when He was 12, Jesus would be in a dialogue with the Elders in the Temple. Think very carefully about this; in the society of that time, what 12-year-old boy would have even been allowed to be in the temple, let alone discuss the Scripture with the Elders?
Jesus’ ministry was a different ministry, one that saw the world differently. And yet today, many individuals want to build walls to keep out the strangers and keep new ideas from entering our minds. But they do not realize that building such walls creates a dark prison for them, a room with no exit.
We can build these rooms; they are quite easy to make. But you cannot grow, you cannot, by any imagination, you cannot be free.
But if we tear down the walls and let the light in, we can grow, we can have a future, and we can be free.