Carriers of the Treasure, Everyone a Magi

Detail of the Three Kings from The Adoration of the Magi, tapestry
The Adoration of the Magi, tapestry, (source)

“Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

Every one of us comes here today bearing gifts. That is one of the truth’s about the Epiphany. It is true not only on this day but every day. Many of us, however, have never been told this. If we have been told, we frequently don’t believe it. Sometimes we even deny it. “It might be true for someone else,” we tell ourselves, “but not for me.”

Too often we separate ourselves from the beauty, power, and grace of the Epiphany and settle for a flash of insight. We work to “get it,” waiting and hoping that one day the light will come on. We have been convinced that the “aha” moment is our epiphany. That, however, is a diminishment and impoverishment of the Epiphany. It is not the gospel story we just heard and it is not the Epiphany we celebrate today.

The Epiphany we celebrate today is not about “getting it.” It is about what we have already been given. The Epiphany is the manifestation, the revealing, the showing and making known that divine life and presence fill all humanity and creation. It is most fully and profoundly revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. It is not, however, limited to him. He is the archetype of who we can become and the way of our becoming.  Continue reading “Carriers of the Treasure, Everyone a Magi”

Epiphany House Blessing with Chalk

The Church has a custom of blessing homes on the Feast of the Epiphany and the week following. Family and friends gather to ask God’s blessing on their homes and those who live in or visit the home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home, our comings and goings, our conversations, our work and play, our joys and sorrows. … Continue reading Epiphany House Blessing with Chalk

Epiphany Proclamation 2013

An ancient practice of the Church is The Epiphany Proclamation. During the liturgy on the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, the Church proclaims the date of Easter as well as other feast and fast dates. The Proclamation proclaims not only dates but the reality that our lives are to be lived in rhythm with and according to Jesus’ life. Here is the proclamation for this … Continue reading Epiphany Proclamation 2013

The Nightlight of God’s Presence, Jesus – A Sermon for the Feast of the Epiphany, Matthew 2:1-12

The collect and readings for the Feast of the Epiphany may be found here. The following sermon is based on Matthew 2:1-12. When our sons were young they often wanted a light left on when they went to bed. There was the nightly reminder, “Dad, don’t forget the nightlight.” Sometimes it was “Dad, would you leave the light on and crack the door.” They wanted … Continue reading The Nightlight of God’s Presence, Jesus – A Sermon for the Feast of the Epiphany, Matthew 2:1-12

Face to Face Moments – A Sermon on Matthew 17:1-9, The Last Sunday After the Epiphany

The collect and readings for the Last Sunday after the Epiphany may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 17:1-9. Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there … Continue reading Face to Face Moments – A Sermon on Matthew 17:1-9, The Last Sunday After the Epiphany

Immersed in Each Other’s Lives – A Sermon on Matthew 3:13-17, Baptism of our Lord

Today, the First Sunday after the Epiphany, we celebrate the Baptism of our Lord. The collect and readings may be found here. The appointed gospel is Matthew 3:13-17 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” But Jesus answered … Continue reading Immersed in Each Other’s Lives – A Sermon on Matthew 3:13-17, Baptism of our Lord

A Sermon for The Feast of the Epiphany – Matthew 2:1-12

The collect and readings for the Feast of the Epiphany may be found here. —– I wonder what they saw in the sky that first night. What was it that got them thinking? What was it that motivated them to pack and begin a journey to who knew where? Something had been revealed to them. But what was it? Was it in the sky, in … Continue reading A Sermon for The Feast of the Epiphany – Matthew 2:1-12

Becoming Epiphany

The Feast of the Epiphany is one of the seven principal feasts of the church year with a fixed date of January 6. In the Western Church it focuses on the coming of the magi and their adoration of the baby. In the Eastern Church epiphany—usually called the theophany— is about the baptism of Jesus. The West celebrates Jesus’ baptism on the Sunday after the … Continue reading Becoming Epiphany

Thin Places, Veils, and Transfiguration

Yesterday was the Last Sunday after the Epiphany. The collect and readings for the day may be found here. The appointed gospel was Luke 9:28-43: 28Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling … Continue reading Thin Places, Veils, and Transfiguration

“You can’t touch me. I’ve been baptized!”

Today is the First Sunday after the Epiphany. On this day we always celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord. The collect and readings for today may be found here. Since the readings from Isaiah and Luke seem connected I have included both below. Isaiah 43:1-7 Thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do … Continue reading “You can’t touch me. I’ve been baptized!”