“It’s Time to Go”
Rev. Jeffrey Long-Middleton
Bradford Congregational Church-UCC
Luke 2: 1-20
“The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.” – Luke 2:20i
I don’t know.
Knowing me, I would have sought some reasonable explanation. Like you I live in the twenty-first century. No angels have come flapping by. No voice from heaven. Indeed, I wonder if they would have admitted me to seminary, prepared me to lead a church, if I had claimed anything like what happened to the shepherds. All I know is that I would attempt to hold onto the reality I know. The world of cause and effect. The science of replication. I do know I would have put down the wine skin!
A first century Palestinian might have sought to obey more than understand. They lived in a world more alive with mystery, with forces unknown. Continue reading Homily, Christmas Eve 2017