More Christmas! We have a Christmas triduum! (And more to come after a short interlude.) For the First Sunday After Christmas, which falls on the day after Christmas this year, Year W focuses on the human estate, the flesh in which God was pleased to dwell, our very human flesh. In the first lesson we are crafted from the dust of the pristine magnum opus of God. The psalmist is astounded that God would ever consider such creatures, let alone reckon us as a little lower than the divine. In the epistle, this now weary and worn creation is made new. The gospel reading is a matrilineal genealogy of Jesus created by Patricia Ann Ware who elicited the names of the known missing mothers from the scriptures. This week will require some wrestling with the explicit binary nature of human being in these Iron Age scriptures and our current expanding understandings of gender.
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