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The First Sunday of Christmas - Year A

Isaiah 63: 7-9
Hebrews 2: 10-18
Matthew 12: 13-23

More Isaianic translation problems. Fortunately here the meaning is not in doubt. ‘In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them’? – or is it ‘He became their saviour in all their distress; it was no messenger or angel, but his presence that saved them’? Either way, the underlying point is that yhwh, Israel’s God, did not send someone else to rescue his people when they were in their deepest need. He came...

Taken from Twelve Months of Sundays Year A by N T Wright

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