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Epiphany of the Lord

January 4, 2015

ARRIVING

Only a few days ago, we celebrated Christmas – Word made flesh – the birth of our savior. On that holy night, angels appeared to the shepherds telling them not to be afraid, for there is good news of great joy for all peoples.

What did they have to be afraid of? If you recall, that was a question I asked in my Christmas homily. Perhaps they were afraid because they had nothing much to offer. They came with only themselves – and that was enough.

Today, we celebrate another arrival – the kings from the East who brought quite the opposite of nothing. Their journey and presents is quite different from the humble shepherds who appeared at the crib of Jesus the night of his birth.

As I reflect on this feast, I cannot help but wonder if one is more important than the other? If we are honest, I think we probably all wonder that. . .

CLICK HERE for the readings for 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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