Thursday, December 29, 2011

29 December: He was born in poverty, died in disgrace, and thought it well worthwhile

Opening Sentence
Behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10, 11

Commemoration: Thomas of Canterbury (Thomas a Becket)
O God, our strength and our salvation, who called your servant Thomas Becket to be a shepherd of your people and a defender of your Church: Keep your household from all evil and raise up among us faithful pastors and leaders who are wise in the ways of the Gospel; through Jesus Christ the shepherd of our souls, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalter: Psalm 18:1-20

Lessons: 2 Samuel 23:13-17, 2 John, John 2:1-11

Jesus . . . was in fact and in truth, and in the most exact and literal sense of the words, "the God by whom all things were made." . . . He was not merely a man so good as to be "like God" -- He was God . . . for whatever reason God chose to make man as he is -- limited and suffering and subject to sorrows and death -- He had the honesty and the courage to take His own medicine. Whatever game He is playing with His creation, He has kept His own rules and played fair. he can exact nothing from nothing from man that He has not exacted from Himself. He has Himself gone through the whole of human experience, from the trivial irritations of family life and the cramping restrictions of hard work and lack of money tot he worst horrors of pain and humiliation, defeat, despair and death. When He was a man, He played the man. He was born in poverty and died in disgrace, and thought it well worthwhile.

Dorothy Sayers

Joy to the World