Fr. Jim Irvine

 

the penultimate WORD

Series 2005 - January
It would have been enough for us...

 

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An Epiphany Litany of Redemption

 

Let us affirm what God in Christ has done for us by saying...

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only made himself known as the Word made flesh to shepherds, stable boys and yet had he not submitted to the Law of Moshe on his Eighth Day...

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only submitted to the Law of Moshe on his Eighth Day and yet had he not welcomed the weary Magi...

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only welcomed the weary Magi and yet had he not lingered in the Temple precincts with the Doctors…

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only lingered in the Temple precincts with the Doctors and yet had he not been baptized in the River Jordan...

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only been baptized in the River Jordan and yet had he not struggled with temptation in the wilderness...

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only struggled with temptation in the wilderness and yet had he not invited us to follow him…

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only invited us to follow him and yet had he not given sight to the blind and enabled the crippled to walk…

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only given sight to the blind and enabled the crippled to walk and yet had he not given us his new Command for us to love one another...

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only commanded us to love one another and yet had he not given us his Body and Blood to strengthen us...

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only given us his Body and Blood to strengthen us and yet had he not accepted his Cup in Gethsemane...

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only accepted his Cup in Gethsemane and yet had he not carried his Cross to Golgotha...

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only carried his Cross to Golgotha and yet had he not borne our brokenness on the Cross...

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only borne our brokenness on the Cross and yet had he not greeted Mary Magdalene in the garden early on the morning of the first Day of the week...

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only greeted Mary Magdalene in the Garden early on the morning of the first Day of the week and yet had he not breathed into us his breath...

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only breathed into us his breath and yet had he not given us the Great Commission…

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only given us the Great Commission and yet had he not anointed us with the Spirit on Pentecost…

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only anointed us with the Spirit on Pentecost and yet had he not made of us a chosen race…

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only made of us a chosen race and yet had he not made of us a royal priesthood…

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only made of us a royal priesthood and yet had he not made of us a dedicated nation…

...It would have been enough for us.

Had Jesus only made of us a dedicated nation and yet had he not made of us into a people claimed by God for His own…

...It would have been enough for us.

How much more do we have to be thankful for the manifold and unbounded blessings of the All-Present God revealed to us in His only begotten Son!

Copyright © 2005 James T. Irvine

 

Series 2005

 

Dayeinu -- It would have been enough

Festivals of Light

penultimate WORD - Festivals of Light Series | Epiphany

 

Sermon delivered at St Matthew's ELCIC, Fredericton