On January 3, the Church celebrates the Holy Name of Jesus. In the current Roman Calendar, it is a relatively minor day, an “optional memorial,” and in various other church calendars it is celebrated on different days as well.
“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare asks in Romeo and Juliet. A lot, actually. Your name is the first means by which someone else knows you. It’s the primary symbol of a relationship. Right there is food for thought. I’d love to explore this thought more, but do not have the leisure to do so now. Perhaps at another time.
In our “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, I’m noticing a pattern. “Five Gold Rings” seems to stand out as an anomaly. We’ll explore that more at the end of the series; it may have a significance that ties all the other gifts together. Up to this point we could open a restaurant: five sets of birds that either are food or produce food; one species of bird to grace the pond which the dining terrace , a dairy to provide milk, cheese, and ice cream; and gold to finance the enterprise. Beginning with yesterday, all the remaining gifts are people or services provided by people. Two gifts are dancers and two are musicians.
Today we have ballerinas . . . or a chorus line. Religiously, these are said to symbolize the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). OK.
Or . . . Here’s an interesting take on the “ladies dancing” from Matthew Martin, pastor of “Guy Church” – he’s not being sexist, it’s the Church of Christ in Guy, Arkansas.