November 19

 

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Matthew 25:14-30

 

With the birth of Jesus, a new day dawned, a new era opened up.  Instead of thinking just about shepherds and wise men and a baby in a manger let’s make Christmas the celebration of the sunrise, God’s new day for all the earth. “What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5)  Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, spoke of a new day from on high breaking upon us, giving light to all who live in darkness and in the shadow of death (Luke 1:78). In his letter to the Christian community in Rome, Paul wrote, “The night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of God.”  Then to the Church in Thessalonika he wrote, “You are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of the darkness.” Then we are to live as people of the new day.  This is the theme being taken up by the Montville Uniting Church in its Reflection Gallery at present.  Celebrate the dawning of a new day, a day of peace and reconciliation with God, of acceptance and forgiveness, redemption and salvation. And let’s live in the sunlight of the new day as the Spirit of God stirs within us leading us in lives of generosity, compassion, acceptance and love. Some people are said to march to a different drum beat: we are called to live in the light of a different day. Maybe then the dawning light will so reflect upon us that we become the radiant Christians that Christ wants us to be. We will not be crushed by the gloom of greed and oppression, of cruelty and indifference, of terror and terrorism, but we will shine with the hope that belongs to Christ’s new day.

 

  • What do you think of the dawn as a symbol for the birth of Jesus?
  • What does it mean for you to live in the dawn of this new day?
  • What does 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 have to say about living as children of the light?
  • Matthew 25:14-30 is usually taken to be about abilities, but what if the talents in the story represent the revelation of God? Some are given more, others less. It’s what we do with it that really matters.