Monday, December 31, 2012 – Epiphany, Year C
Sunday, January 6 is known as Epiphany. The season of Epiphany celebrates several events. Epiphany marks the visit of the Magi to baby Jesus, that time when Jesus was first made known to the Gentiles. The baptism of Jesus is also celebrated during Epiphany, which will be the subject of next week’s scriptures. The lectionary texts for this week include Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12 and Matthew 2:1-12.
Matthew 2:1-5 – In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born.
A multitude of the heavenly host visited lowly shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus, and a star guided Gentiles to the newborn child. God was revealed through the person of Jesus to laborers as well as wealthy travelers from a land far away.
Prayer: Understanding God, we live in a time when it is easy to place people into neat boxes according to preconceived notions. Keep us mindful that your arms are stretched wide. Amen.