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Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

January 3, 2011

HOW THEY SHOWED UP

It has been said that the whole of the spiritual life can be summed up into how we show up, and I think this is often very true.  If you have been following my homilies over the past few weeks, you will know that I have been challenging you to remove the obstacles that prevent you from being surprised by God.  But how do we do this?

We do like the magi.  We go on a journey – we leave our places of comfort in order to follow an inner longing.  You see, we really do not know why these wise men from the east decided to pay Jesus such a tribute – they had nothing to gain for it – no political, economic or capital benefit.

All we know is that they showed up after traveling a great journey with nothing to guide them but a star.

How we show up – how we present ourselves to God is determined by our journey and by the “stars” we follow.  You can see the difference in the characters of Herod and the Magi – and you can see the difference between those who believe they have God figured out and those who realize how little they really know about God.

CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Epiphany of the Lord: (Isaiah 60.1-6; Ephesians 3.2-3, 5-6; Matthew 2.1-12)

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