Part of the Christian tradition is cautious about first impressions. First impressions are often paired with "judging a book by its cover," and equally disparaged.
One should always be ready to reconsider the book. But as my son says, when it has the florid cover of a Mills and Boon production, "You just know what's going to be inside!" Slowly, I am learning to pay attention to my first impressions. There is always more to consider, and insight to seek, but often my first impression tells a surprising amount about a passage of scripture- or about myself! It makes sense. If I am being re-formed by my life in the church, surely my instincts count for something, and have themselves also been a little reformed.
These are the First Impressions for the year 2010, which is Year C in the Revised Common Lectionary. They are based in the Gospel of Luke, the third Gospel in the New Testament. Year C begins on the first Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2009. Most of them were written for the churchrewired website at Scots Church Adelaide, and first published there.
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