Today’s Luke reading feels a bit like Boxing Day itself.
Boxing Day: Christmas has given way to the ‘day after’ for us (as Ian preached on recently). As we peer bleary-eyed at discarded wrapping paper that was so exciting the night before and held the promise of treasures, we might wonder how excitement gives way to mundane. What was all the fuss about the day before?
It seems to me that Joseph and Mary’s Christmas Day wonder and excitement has given way to the mundane episodes of raising a son. A trip to the passover and Jesus is lost in the crowd. On finding him at the temple Joseph and Mary are looking less like the Holy family of the nativity scene and more like a couple of anxious, frustrated parents of a naughty child. Perhaps it was 12 years of the ‘day after’ for Joseph and Mary’ that have dulled their senses to what God was doing next.
But now they are put on notice. The Passover has profoundly influenced their son. Now he is calling the temple ‘his Father’s house’. Now he is discussing the Holy Scriptures with the scribes and confounding them. Jesus is coming of age in more ways than one. Joseph and Mary need to keep remembering Christmas day if they are ever going to make sense of what God is about to do in their little family.
Boxing Day is a ‘next day’ for us after a busy and exciting Christmas season of carols and services. While we might be lulled into the ordinariness of our next day, let us be on high alert for what God will do next. Christmas Day needs to inform the next day…which is today.
Are we ready for what God will do next in our lives?