(29 Dec. 2013, 28 Dec. 2014, 27 Dec. 2015)
ALMIGHTY God, who has given us your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and as at this time to be born of a pure Virgin; Grant that we being regenerate, and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through the same our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the same Spirit, one God, world without end.
Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 45:1-7; Galatians 4:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25
As the Christmas celebration continues, the focus shifts from the union of divinity and humanity in Christ to a theme of sonship. Today’s Gospel identifies Jesus as the son of God, not of Joseph; the Psalm points to the glory of Jesus as a son. As we celebrate this aspect of the identity of Jesus, and repeat the collect from Christmas Day, another application to our own lives is drawn: we too are made God’s children. The epistle reading describes this reality in terms of having been raised under the Law but now adopted as sons of God. The Old Testament reading expands this further: Jesus is announcing our very salvation, bringing the garments of his righteousness for us. His people will be his crown jewels. That is the glory that God has in store for us, and these promises began to be fulfilled in the Christmas event!