In the last post I mentioned my desire to take my family through a weekly reading of The Story of God, The Story of Us: Getting Lost and Found in the Bible. We’ve not had time to get this far, but I decided it would be OK to skip ahead for one particular reading: chapter 9: Christ (“In which we hear the story of the One who embodies God’s love and fidelity, and who opens the way for a new covenant…”).
We read this chapter out loud on Christmas day as we broke bread and drank the grape juice. I especially appreciated how the story starts off with the description of the triumphal entry and then goes backward to the genealogy and birth story of Jesus. I found the reading to be quite appropriate for our family’s eucharistic observance. To reflect on the reading and then to share how the story of Messiah informs and shapes our life. I shared how this story has been part of the Willis family for generations. While my father and his father and his father may have interpreted the story somewhat differently, the story itself was the consistent thread that ties the generations of my family together. I am who I am, my children are who they are because of this story and how it has shaped us from our earliest memories until the present.
Think about it for just a moment: has this story–the birth, life, death, and resurrection of the one called Jesus, the Messiah shaped your life? In what ways? If it were not for this story, would you know the people you know? Would you live in the place you live? Would you have the ethics and concerns you presently hold? How has this story shaped you?
What do you think?