Second Sunday after Christmas, Year B

Inspired by Ephesians 1:3-14

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us.” Ephesians 1:7-8a (NRSV)

In most of our interpersonal relationships, we have to carefully choose how much and which aspects of our true selves we reveal. If we’re very lucky, we might have a few family members or perhaps a very close friend who will accept us in our entirety, faults and all, but such deep relationships are rare. Instead, we work hard to cultivate an image, choosing which behaviors will bolster that image in order to receive the treatment we desire. Sometimes we work so hard at building and projecting our false selves that we try to reject those parts of our true selves that don’t fit the image. We deny their existence, afraid that if they were revealed we would be rejected, convinced that the privileges we enjoy are based solely the images of perfection we project.

But God knows we’re not perfect. The mercy he shows us is based on the riches of his grace, not the quality of our deception. Jesus looks past our projected images, examines our woundedness, and tends us with his love. In Christ we are free to be who we truly are, confident that no part of ourselves will be rejected. His grace transforms our brokenness into strength, and his love embraces us sinners and names us saints.

Let us pray. Compassionate Lord, you took our brokenness upon yourself and transformed it into glory. Grant us the courage to approach you with openness and truth, that we may know the absolute acceptance and love that your grace offers. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

2 thoughts on “Second Sunday after Christmas, Year B”

  1. Karen, I continue to be amazed at how “on” you are for each and every text. I really do appreciate the daily insights and had missed them during your sabbatical. Keep up the great work. Norma

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