Nativity of the Lord – Proper 3, December 25, 2017, Year B

Please see How to Use Lection Connection

Full lections can be read here.

Based on the Readings as Set

First Reading (Isaiah 52:7-10)

Jerusalem’s watchmen, seeing Yahweh return with salvation for the ruined city, are exhorted to call it to joyful celebration. All nations will observe its people comforted and redeemed as Yahweh acts in sovereign power.

Psalm (98)

All nature is called to loudly celebrate the coming victory of Yahweh on behalf of Israel. Every nation will observe the powerful vindication of his people, aware that, as universal judge, he will act fairly and rightly.

Second Reading (Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12)

The author celebrates the fact that God has now spoken through his Son, who, reflecting him perfectly, is both creator and heir of all things. Much superior to the angels who worshipped him at his birth, he has made purification for our sins and his kingdom is never ending.

Gospel (John 1:1-14)

St. John tells us that with the Word active in creation taking on flesh, God himself has come among us as light and life. John the Baptist serves as a witness to this light but not all to whom the Word is sent receive him. Believers, conversely, are born of God and made his children.


  • Creation, all over again
  • New beginnings
  • Announcing/giving witness to the Word
  • The difference made by God’s arrival: its like night and day
  • Celebrating new birth
  • All things made new