Do You Know The Story Of The Fourth Wise Man?

As you know, the Feast of the Epiphany commemorates the magi or wise men visiting Jesus in Bethlehem and bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:1-12). Holy scripture does not tell us their names or how many there were. No one knows for sure. Eastern Orthodoxy says there were twelve but our tradition says there were three, probably because there were three gifts, and names them Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. But what about the fourth wise man?

Longing And Fear – An Epiphany Sermon On Matthew 2:1-12

The Epiphany - Matthew 2:1-12 I recently overhead a man say, “I don’t want to work until I’m too old to live.” He didn’t elaborate or explain what he meant but his words have stayed with me. I think it’s…

What Is Absent From Your Life? – An Epiphany Sermon On Matthew 2:1-12

What if the experience of absence and the accompanying longings and desires are the beginning of an epiphany for you? What if that sense of absence is the star of your life by which God is revealing God’s self to you? And what if your sense of longing and desire is really God’s longing and desire for you?

When a Star Isn’t a Star – An Epiphany Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12

“For we observed his star at its rising.” Wise men from the East have followed this star to Jerusalem. They will follow it to Bethlehem. They will be overwhelmed with joy when it stops over the house where the child…

Epiphany House Blessing with Chalk

The Church has a custom of blessing homes (as well as proclaiming the date of Easter) on the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) and the week following. Family and friends gather to ask God’s blessing on their homes and…

Where is the Child? – An Epiphany Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12

“Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?” (From Matthew 2:1-12, Feast of the Epiphany) I received an anonymous letter in this afternoon’s mail. There was nothing to indicate who or where it was from. Everything…

Carriers of the Treasure, Everyone a Magi

“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…

The Choice, A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Innocents

Just a few days into Christmas and the liturgical calendar confronts us with the Feast of the Holy Innocents. “When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the…

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…

The Choice – A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Innocents

Just a few days into Christmas and the liturgical calendar confronts us with the Feast of the Holy Innocents. “When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all…

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