The Reverend James Blalock
What’s going on during this time after epiphany?
The time after Epiphany is bookended by the festivals of Baptism of Our Lord and Transfiguration. In the gospel texts for both, Jesus is extolled by a voice from heaven naming him God’s beloved Son. These are important high points celebrating Jesus’ ministry and festival times to praise incarnation, revelation, and the majesty of God. Between these bookends though, and after John announces him as the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit, we find Jesus in the trenches, calling the first disciples and preaching the Sermon on the Mount. In fact, the Sermon on the Mount
dominates these weeks, paired with readings from 1 Corinthians in the New Testament and Isaiah, Micah, Deuteronomy, and Leviticus in the Old. These partner texts serve to emphasize Christ, his promise and teachings, and give testimony to the goodness and justice of God. Running throughout, the themes of light, baptism, cross, and discipleship appear again and again.
This little “green” season is packed with stories we know and love. And from your pastor’s viewpoint it is full of rich topics for sermon writing. Join me as we continue on our journey through God’s amazing Book!