Updated: Jan 19
I hope you all had a good Christmas season and that the Lord will bless and uphold you through 2022. Today is the Feast of the Epiphany. The Magi believed Jesus was the fulfillment of all their desires. They followed the star in faith. When they encountered the young Jesus they worshipped him without reservation (this despite the fact that in many ways his identity as the eternal Word of God was hidden in his speechless total dependency upon his Mother and humble circumstances).
What the Magi believed in following the star, and understood through their encounter with the young Jesus, is what we pray the Holy Spirit will accomplish in us. To what extent do we believe and know that all our desires are fulfilled in him? Through the season of Epiphany, we will be focusing upon some of the activities and miracles of Jesus which I hope will strengthen our faith so that we may more keenly follow the star before us (the Word of God written).
This Sunday we will witness, through the Scriptures, Jesus on the cusp of his teenage years, manifesting the wisdom of God to his elders, utterly at home in his world, in his Father's house, and doing his Father's business. I hope you join us. For those of you particularly concerned about COVID, we have increased social distancing, as well as our standard measures of cleanliness and masking.
Readings for this Sunday, January 9, (The First Sunday after Epiphany): You may access the prayer and readings by following this link. You may read the RSV and ESV translations of the readings here.