On February 2, exactly 40 days after Christmas, we commemorate Mary’s adherence to the Mosaic law as she entered the Temple for the ritual purification, as explained in Leviticus 12:2-8. Also, forty days was the time when a firstborn was brought to the Temple to be dedicated to the Lord (Exodus 13:2-12).
The key to expanding our traditions and journeying joyfully into the church year is three fold – flexibility, simplicity and repeatability.
Advent is the beginning of church year, which means late November is the end: a good time to focus on the past year’s gifts.
The disciples would be seen as misfits in tension with the established social norms and hierarchies. Sounds pretty punk rock to me.
How many of our current events—in politics or in our church deliberations—get stuck in frustrating stalemates?
It’s important to celebrate the best of America while remaining mindful of the worst.