Christmas day – Jesus' birth (Luke 2.1-20)
1st Sunday of Christmas – The twelve year old Jesus is found in the temple (Luke 2.41-52)
Epiphany – The infant Messiah is revealed to the Gentiles (Matthew 2.1-12)
Baptism of Christ – Jesus is baptised by John in the river Jordan (Luke 3.15-22)
3rd Sunday of Epiphany – The wedding at Canna (John 2.1-1)
4th Sunday of Epiphany – Jesus teaches in the Synagogue at Nazareth (Luke 4.14-21)
Candlemas (if transferred to the Sunday) – The infant Jesus is presented in the temple (Luke 2.22-40)
Sunday before Lent – Jesus is transfigured (Luke 9.28-43)
That is a really strange chronology. Jesus is born, and then is found reasoning with teachers in the temple. Next Sunday he is an infant again, being adored by the Magi. The next Sunday he is being baptised (yes as a grown man). You then ge a couple of weeks of 'grown man Jesus' texts. But then Candlemas arrives and you are back at an infancy text. The next week, inexplicably, Jesus is transfigured.
I really cannot help but think that all of this shows how the church calendar consistently mangles the narrative of the gospels. I often hear laments about how people don't know the basic gospel story anymore... perhaps the reason for that can be found at our own doorstep? When Jesus is baptised before he is presented in the temple, confusion is completely understandable. I don't even want to think about how the feast of the naming and circumcision of Jesus can come after he was found in the temple as a twelve year old!
I know that the lectionary is not supposed to be chronological, and that there are difficulties with easter changing date every year. However, if your study of the gospels comes solely, or even mainly through Sunday worship, the odds of having a pretty weird understanding of the events of Jesus' life are huge.