It seems a bit odd 19 days into a new year to be thinking again about the birth narrative of Jesus. My liturgical clock has moved on from Advent—from preparation to Epiphany—the season of following the light of Christ into the world.
The Luke 2 text, though, prepares us for this journey—a journey which begins with a road trip to Bethlehem. From Galilee to Judea, from Nazareth to Bethlehem they travel. The season of taxation culminates with a road trip for Joseph and Mary to a strange place where there was no room for them in the guestroom.
The baby is born, and an incredible light show explodes in the heavens complete with a heavenly choir. Shepherds receive the word. Something big is going on here.