Nativity of the Lord – Proper 2, December 25, 2017, Year B

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Based on the Readings as Set

First Reading (Isaiah 62:6-12)

Jerusalem will enjoy a reversal of its current debasement when Yahweh’s salvation comes. Its inhabitants will reap the rewards of their labour and be known throughout the whole earth as the holy people, redeemed by Yahweh and living in a city no longer forsaken.

Psalm (97)

The Psalmist celebrates the fact that Yahweh is universal king over the earth and calls all to joyful thanksgiving. The peoples behold his superior power and majesty over all other pretenders. His light dawns over the righteous, rescuing them from the wicked.

Second Reading (Titus 3:4-7)

The goodness and love of God appeared and he saved us through the waters of rebirth and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It was his mercy and not our own efforts that did this, making us heirs of eternal life through grace alone.

Gospel (Luke 2:[1-7], 8-20)

St. Luke tells how Jesus was born in the line and city of David to the praise of angels. They appear to a band of humble shepherds, directing them to a simple manger. There they encounter the tiny Messiah whose coming had stirred the angels to light up the nighttime sky.


  • The arrival of God’s salvation
  • The universal and enduring significance of the birth of Jesus
  • The Light has come and God has acted
  • God lifts up the fallen who cannot help themselves