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Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

January 7, 2013

THREATS OR GIFTS?

This Sunday, we celebrate the promise of fulfillment.  The arrival of the magi is the fulfillment of the promises God foretold through Isaiah (the very promise outlined our first reading).  The magi are most famous for the gifts they brought and so it is fitting that we consider the reasons why we give gifts today.  However, we will also consider the meaning of the gift, for all gifts are ultimately a statement of some kind.

Gifts are always given in recognition of a relationship – even if they are complete strangers, we give because we recognize some one worth giving to in their person.  Yet, some, like Herod, are threatened by gifts and the promises they contain.

Lastly, we must consider the gifts we have to give in addition to those we receive.  What are we willing to give. . . to others. . . and to God?

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord: (Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72; Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6; Matthew 2:1-12)

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