Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas 1 C - Luke 2:41-52

Luke 2:41-52

Last Sunday night Kyrie Fort Worth decked the halls of Zio Carlo Magnolia Brew Pub with Christmas carols as our largest gathering to date met for sacred song, living word and holy meal. We lit candles while singing Silent Night and Happy Xmas (War is Over) and celebrated the birth of the Christ child who grown to preadolescence in this text will cause his parents no small amount of consternation by slipping away unseen to his “Father’s” house. Some might say that a church meeting in plain sight in a pub dishonors the One in whose name we gather and I can understand why that might be said even if I happen to disagree. Granted the house that Jesus identified with his Father was set apart in the same way our houses of worship are easily identified as such and maybe a pub doesn't qualify, but then what makes a house a home for the “Father” has little to do with architecture and everything to do with the human heart that meets in the house. So Jesus will return to the same “my Father’s” house twenty years later and over turn tables in the house of prayer that had been turned into a den of thieves. Tables are turned on a Sunday night at Zio Carlo to remember the God who is present throughout the week in that place because through the Son the Father’s house can be found wherever people of faith gather.   

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