Monday, January 7, 2013

Epiphany: Three Kings walk into a barn...

One of the most conspicuous and yet least understood images of the Nativity Story is that is of the Three Kings (or Wise Men or Magi).  Matthew is the only Gospel to mention them, and provides very few details about them.  Scripture only speaks in generalities about where they came from,  how they found their way to Bethlehem and indeed why they came at all.  All we are told is that they came "from the East" and that they "followed a star" to "pay homage to the child who is born King of the Jews".

And yet we turn our thoughts to them on Epiphany, from a Greek word meaning "manifestation" or "striking appearance".  Whatever the Three Kings expected to find in Bethlehem, they found the manifestation of God, and this was their Epiphany.

The Three Kings, although mysterious and shrouded in history and tradition, can still speak to us today.  They can lead us to our own "epiphany"

My sermon for this Epiphany was based on the Gospel story of the Three Kings, Matthew 2: 1-12.

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