Christmas Eve

December 24, 2011
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 9:2-7
Reading 2: 
Titus 2:11-14
Reading 3: 
Psalm 97
Reading 4: 
Luke 2:1-20
Alt Reading 2: 
Titus 3:4-7
Alt Reading 1: 
Isaiah 62:6-12
By Bruce G. Epperly

A comment regarding the lectionary: there are a variety of texts to choose from for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I have chosen to include both Isaiah passages to present a more realistic vision of Christmas, a vision that joins, as the hymn proclaims, “the hopes and fears of all the years.”

On Christmas Eve, the theme is revelation and incarnation, in terms of both presence and absence. December 24 is more than a chronological date. Christmas Eve is a frame of mind and movement of spirit that brings out joy, wonder, exaltation, and sometimes grief and despair.

Christmas - Proper III

December 25, 2006
See Also: 

Year A
Year B
Year C

Christmas 2000 Proper I, Year B

John Cobb on Incarnation
Daniel Day Williams on incarnation

Reading 1: 
Isaiah 52:7-10
Reading 2: 
Psalm 98
Reading 3: 
John 1:1-14
By Russell Pregeant

There are aspects of the first chapter of the Gospel of John that are particularly process-friendly. John 1 is, of course, the incarnation text par excellence. What makes it so amenable to a process interpretation is that the incarnation of the Logos in the person of Jesus is not simply the invasion of a reality that is alien to the world; it stands, rather, in continuity with the presence of the Logos in all creation.


What is the meaning of the 'incarnation' from the process perspective?
Publication Month: 
January 2001
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Dr. Cobb's Response

We associate the incarnation especially with Christmas. That may be a mistake. It implies that Jesus was born unique, whereas our evidence for his distinctiveness comes from his adult life. It has encouraged thinking of the differences as metaphysical rather than as structural and historical.

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