Happy New Year! It finally is the first Sunday of our new calendar year and, as always, the day was filled with promise. And a God-incidence (a “coincidence” created by God) with this Sunday being the Feast of the Epiphany. On the one hand, today was a day to wrap up our Christmas celebration and remove the remaining elements of the Christmas decorations in the church. Likewise, and probably more mundane, we had the remainder of our parish meeting and, what I term, the state of the Parish presentation. A full house in church; full stomachs after lunch; and the reminder of the promises made by God that we are called to act on. Blessings to you on the first Sunday in January.

As we worship and hear the lessons for the Feast of the Epiphany we can be struck by the themes of light and awareness. We hear the worshipful and worship-filled interaction between the prophet Isaiah and his people, between Paul and his church in Ephesus, and the Magi from the east (not kings but wise men). The gentile wise men point out the truth, that the promised light, Jesus, is already among us, all we need to do is follow the signs and trust the promise will be fulfilled. May God’s light shine in, on, and for you today.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

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