8th Day

Its eight days after Christmas and a recently-born Jewish baby is circumcised and named on his 8th day of life, as all Jewish boys have been for over 3000 years. But why is this one special, and why on the eighth day? In a world where all time is governed by a 7-day cycle, what does this eight mean? It all goes back (as everything does) to the opening chapters of Genesis, and that extraordinarily perspicacious story of Creation (and Fall). Dust and ashes. Poetry and mystery. Justice and freedom. The God of Joy is at work…

The Bewcastle Benefice sermon for the second Sunday of Christmas can be found here.

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