Readings and Reflections for Wednesday 2 January 2019: Day 9 of Christmas

Readings For GREGORY OF NAZIANZUS Psalm 19:7–14  Wisdom 7:7-12 John 8:25-32 On this 9th Day of Christmas our Scripture brought to us The Leadership of Jesus John 8: 31-32

Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.

In seminary I learned that Gregory of Nazianzus was one of three Cappdocian Fathers that we were asked to do a short paper on and I chose him.  What amazed me most was his articulation of God creating everything from nothing!  Still does. However, Gregory’s greatest challenge was probably defending our Christian faith that holds the belief that Jesus the Logos, is God in every sense of its meaning and that Jesus is not some afterthought from God. This is where our Church is today in our Nicene Creed crafted in the year 325. It’s who we are still.

This continued challenge with many offshoots of Arian theology is present today in many of our Christian faiths, many of whom are not familiar with the history or theology of what our Christian faith has suffered.  But nothing declares more about who we are than how we treat the less fortunate among us.  If people want to fuss and fight about who Jesus really is rather than care for the needy in our midst we have already lost sight of Who Jesus really is.

As I write this I am preparing to meet with fellow parishioners and members of Cedar Creek Baptist Church and feed the less fortunate.  All of us, both congregations, are trying to live into who Jesus wants us to be. We say who we are in God by our actions.  I know that when God brings the poor before us, it is not the poor God is watching, but us! 

Therefore, in the words of Richard Hooker, we are blessed with the gifts of Scripture, Tradition and reason. This is our Gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Merry Christmas in our Church Traditions ;\lsdsemihidden

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