The world looks new after the dawning of Christmas Day. These lessons imagine and celebrate a new day when the world will be different. In the first lesson, there will be a great diverse and inclusive gathering. God will devote special attention to bringing back home those who have been driven away. And there will be room for a diversity of belief and practice, including our neighbors who worship different gods. The psalm is a celebration of the God who does right, rightly and righteously by all the peoples of the world with special attention to those who have been oppressed. The epistle celebrates our claiming as children of God made possible by the woman-born Messiah, Jesus. The gospel looks back to the beginning of all things and finds the Word that would become flesh there, at and before the dawn of creation.
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