After a year of posting these reflections, I have decided to “fast” from
blog entries for Lent this year. I offer
this Litany I found as a suggested prayer/meditation for your Lenten
A Litany for Humility
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The Collect for this Sunday weaves together the 1st and 2nd Advent
themes of the Epistle and Gospel with phrases taken from each of these
readings. As such, it is a fitting
conclusion to the Epiphany season, and focuses on the final great epiphany or
manifestation of our Lord at His second coming.
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On this fifth Sunday of Epiphany we hear the parable of the wheat and the tares.
are many spiritual interpretations to be found in the father’s
commentaries. Some write about the
mixture in the Church, some about the application to the human soul. But interestingly, if we look beyond our text
to v.36f, we have Jesus’ own interpretation of the parable, given to his
disciples in response to their question as to its meaning. His explanation is very straightforward. (37-43)
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In today’s epistle portion, St. Paul discusses the Christian’s relation to the state. His premise is that the source of civil government, indeed of all authority, is God, for He alone is sovereign. Therefore, St. Paul says, we are to be subject to these powers – but it is sometimes tricky.
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12th Ch of Romans from which our epistle readings have come over the
Sundays after Epiphany is the chapter of the consecrated life of the Christian
disciple and the law of love.
our portion this morning, St. Paul says we are to enter into one another’s
desires and aims – not to aim at a high place or honor for ourselves, but to be
content with the humble duties that come our way.
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There are three great themes of Christ’s manifestation which are played out over the Epiphany season: the coming and worship of the Gentile Magi, the baptism of Jesus with the manifestation of the Holy Trinity, and the first sign at Cana in which water is turned to wine. Today we deal with the second, Jesus’ baptism, as recorded so succinctly in St. Mark’s Gospel.
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Proverbs 8 speaks of the Wisdom of God – the excellency, nature, power, riches and eternity of Wisdom. It is something to be desired above all else. And we know that the wisdom of God is generally opposed to what men call wisdom. St. Paul waxes eloquently about this in 1st Corinthians 1:19-25 and 2:6-10. How is this wisdom acquired? How do we enter into this wisdom? This is the theme of Romans 12…
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The word epiphany in Greek means manifestation or appearance. Originally the Greek-speaking Church of the Eastern Mediterranean celebrated both the Birth of Christ and the Manifestation on one and the same day, January 6, while the Western Church celebrated the Nativity or Christmass on December 25.
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This Sunday falls in the middle of the 12 Days of Christmas, and nearly at the end of the secular year, and that ending is often a time of reflection on the past and a looking with hope to the future. With a slightly greater perspective, we might reflect on the state of religion in America. In just the past few decades, its face has changed rather radically. A recent article reported that “post-modernist” Americans, if they are looking for religion at all, want it on very individualistic terms.
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The Son of God was incarnate for two primary purposes: first, to conquer death on our behalf and grant us an entrance into the kingdom of light, and to manifest & restore the image and likeness in which we were created through the great Atonement for sin.
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