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Monday, January 6th—Epiphany
Sharing the Good News
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12
Reflection: Epiphany marks the revealing of Christ to the world, and we read the story of the visit of the Magi, people from another land and culture who come to seek the Christ-child, bringing gifts to honor the newborn king. But Herod did not know who or what the Magi were talking about. Most of our society doesn’t know that Christmas lasts twelve days or that Epiphany is the day we commemorate the Magi’s visit, especially since most of our Nativity scenes contain the “three Wise men.” Matthew and Luke have very different stories about Jesus’ birth and sometimes we mesh them together, but reading Matthew separately we are able to appreciate the differences. Matthew’s account is more like a “belated birthday party” for Jesus, so we can celebrate one more time!
Activity: Have a Birthday Cake for Jesus
Prayer: God of Revelation, You continue to reveal Your love to the world. Help us to be open to new revelations, new understandings, new hopes and dreams for all of us. We thank You for these opportunities the past two weeks to see You in new ways and to celebrate Advent, Christmas and Epiphany together. In the name of Jesus, who came to live with us, we pray. Amen.