Text: St Luke 2:1-20
Trinity Season is the time of year when the Church calendar synchronizes with the present and plants us firmly on earth. After running through a six-month cycle of fasts and feasts which call us, by turns, to look backwards, forwards and upwards, we find ourselves ready for six months of attending to here, now.
Not that we forgot here, now during our annual tour of Christ’s blessed life, which ran from the first Sunday in Advent up to the Feast of Pentecost. We didn’t, for example, pray to the baby Jesus at Christmastide, because the baby Jesus grew up, died on a Roman tree of torture, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven.
Neither do we now forget, however, that heaven received Jesus as our merciful and faithful high priest only because He was made like us, his brothers and sisters, in every respect. That means He has partaken of flesh and blood – and, at one time, of tender infant flesh. Isaiah prophesied about “the zeal of the LORD” establishing the kingdom of God, setting David’s greater son, the Prince of Peace, on the throne of the kingdom. Here is the zeal: the baby who would sit on David’s throne wasn’t just a messenger from God. He wasn’t just David’s son, He was David’s Lord: very God Himself, the fullness of deity impressed upon baby flesh so that He could be, in every way, “God with us.”
St Luke tells us that when the baby in the manger had grown up into the fullness of manhood, he once pulled back the curtain of heaven to show what happens there when just one sinner comes to his senses and repents: the angels of God throw a party in celebration. In his Nativity narrative, Luke likewise pulls back the curtain of heaven and reveals the heavenly host belting out a celebratory Gloria! to hail Jesus’s birth. The celebrations are of like kind. For in the manger in Bethlehem the angels saw the zeal of their Lord, going forth to call sinners to repentance.
 St Luke 15:10.