Epiphany begins with the story of the 3 Magi or Gentile Priests who through divine knowledge and Reading the stars learned that the Savior Jesus is born in Bethlehem. These three priests were most likely Zoroastrian which is one of the oldest religions in the world.
Epiphany celebrates not only that Jesus is the savior of the Jewish people but also the whole world. Christ’s light and love are for everyone. However, what exactly do Christ’s light and love look like? One of the great writings about love in the Christian Tradition comes to us from 1 Corinthians chapter 13. In this short chapter, we find a succinct illustration of what God’s love looks like. As we go through the various Lectionary texts this season, I urge you to look at the parallel themes that 1 Corinthians 13 brings out. My prayer is that it enlightens and draws you closer to what it means to find the love of God in Christ Jesus. That God might give you, your very own Epiphany.
The themes are as follows:
Jan 6 Love never ends
Jan 13th When the complete comes, the partial will come to an end
Jan 20th It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things
Jan 27th Now I know only in part; then I will know fully; even as I have been fully known
Feb 3rd The greatest of these is love.
Feb 10th And if I have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Feb 17th If I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing
Feb 24th When I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways.
March 3rd For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then we will see face to face.
PS. I also wanted to take a moment to offer and word of thanks for your support and prayers while I was away for Advent and Christmas. It was a gift to be able to bond with Norah and for Caitlin and me to learn how to care for her together.
I look forward to the remainder of the year and what lies ahead.
A few quick notes:
Please continue to pray of Dick Kauffman. He has some heart issues that are being addressed.
Also, we are resetting the Weekly Prayer list in the bulletin. Please take some time to review the list. Contact the church office if there is a specific person whom you would like to remain on the list. We want to start fresh as the list has gotten rather lengthy.
Posts from various People reflecting on How Christ intersects with daily Life.