In This Time…

Epiphany of Our Lord

Isaiah 60:1-6

Ephesians 3:1-12

Matthew 2:1-12

“In the time of King Herod…” these words are more than mere markers of time. These words proclaim the Good News of how Christ comes into this world. The time of King Herod was not a good time because King Herod was not a good king. King Herod was ruthless, petty, conceited, paranoid, and he was powerful. He shaped the time around him for better or for worse- more often for the worst. And Jesus entered into that time to redeem and save that time and our time. Continue reading

Opposite Day Christmas

Nativity of Our Lord I

Isaiah 9:2-7

Titus 2:11-14

Luke 2:1-20

By Gavin Li

Sam woke up bright and early. Today was the day! Finally, the 25th had arrived. She hopped over to her dresser, picked out a nice pair of pants and a matching sweater, and she put them on backwards. Her mom was at the bottom of the stairs with a big grin on her face, “Bad night, Sam!” “Bad night to you too, Mama,” Sam chirped back. Sam and her mother ate breakfast together- Sam used her fork with her right hand (she was left-handed) and her mother used her fork with her left hand (she was right-handed). Sam’s mother smiled warmly as Sam put on her backpack and skipped to the door, “Have a terrible night, dear. And have an awful Opposite Day!” 

Opposite day is an unofficial United States federal holiday and it is celebrated exactly one month after Christmas, every January 25th. If this had been a regular morning, Sam would not have put on her clothes backwards; she and her mother would have wished each other a “Good Morning” instead of a “Bad night;” they would have used their breakfast utensils with their dominant hand; and Sam’s mom would have wished her daughter a “wonderful day” instead of a “terrible night.”

The practice of celebrating Opposite Day dates back over one thousand years to at least the year 985. An anonymous written document from 985 states “All of England be merry on this day most strange, but we speakest sad and solemn words to express our wild joy.” On Opposite Day, up is down, down is up, happy is sad, sad is happy, good is bad, bad is good, night is day, and day is night. 

Christmas Day is Opposite Day. On this day, everything that we expect is turned on its head. On Christmas day, we learn to expect the unexpected and to find the extraordinary in the ordinary. Continue reading