Monday, December 31, 2012

Looking Forward to January 6, 2013 -- Epiphany Sunday

The Scripture Readings for this week are:
  • Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
  • Matthew 2:1-12

The Sermon isn't really a Sermon. Instead it will be a series of monologues under the title The Wise Ones Visit

 Early Thoughts: Who were they, these visitors from the East? Why did they come? What did they know? [Did they even exist?]

Matthew is really short on details in his account.  He does not even tell us how many there were!

 And so tradition has filled in the blanks.  After all, few people like a story with all sorts of details missing.

This week, drawing partly on tradition and partly on imagination, we will let three Magi tell their stories.  Stories which explain a possible logic behind the three gifts Matthew tells us about.

And yes there is a possibility that Matthew made up the story completely.  But we will save that line of discussion for another year...

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