Looking for Jesus

Christine Lee, preached Christmas 2013 at All Angels’ Church

Reading: Luke 2.1-21

“An obligation to feel can freeze feelings. At Christmas we use a lot of words like joy and wonder and hope and expectation. There can be this sense of obligation to feel those things, and disconnect when we don’t feel them.

And as I looked at our gospel reading for today, I thought I could talk about hope and joy and wonder and expectation and all those good things because it’s all very much there. But last night as I looked again I saw that this passage makes room for some other responses to the birth of Christ … I want to focus on two things that, even if they don’t feel like full on adoration itself, can help us take those first steps towards kneeling at the manger.”

Christine Lee’s sermon opens with a French folk story and a frank confession about her own struggle with seeing Jesus during Christmas. She explores the story of the shepherds hearing proclamation of the angels and looking for Jesus, and closes with an powerful call to go looking Jesus, the one who went looking for us.

“You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,” said the Lion.
– C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair

The full sermon will automatically download here from the All Angels’ media player.

 

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