Comments: Life after Epiphany

"I delight that the Church of England now has the post Epiphany season running all the way through to Candlemass (sic) on February 2nd. But I do slightly wonder why so many of the Sunday lections for the next few weeks are about the miraculous?" - David Walker -

Bishop David Walker always has something useful to say to us who are interested in the way the Church engages with the World. I can only suppose that the reason for the stories of the miraculous in Epiphany-tide is related to the theophanies that are seen to be observed by Jesus' followers in those stories we find there.

Beginning with the 'miraculous' recognition of Jesus as Messiah by the Arab Kings in Bethlehem, to the 'instinctive' recognition by the old priest Simeon and the Prophetess Anna in the Temple - of Jesus as *The Light to enlighten the Gentiles* - these stories somehow are meant to co-exist with the 'epiphania' or showing forth of Jesus, in the intervening Sundays, as Son of God and Messiah.

Mythical though these stories may be, they do help us to understand something of the great mystery of Christ Incarnate in the human culture and circumstances of the world in which he lived and died. Epiphanies do occur to quite ordinary people in their journey of faith. Perhaps that is why these stories are so important to us as instances of God's glory being shown through the human person of Jesus - at the Epiphany Season.

The lectionary is a treasure largely unexplored by non-catholic Christians. This might be why they cannot understand our liturgical processes.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 6 January 2010 at 9:54am GMT

This is a great reflective post and I have edited it and put it in my blog Blue Eyed Ennis. Hope you don't mins me sharing it with others - I have attributed the source to you !

Posted by Phil Ewing at Wednesday, 6 January 2010 at 11:53am GMT

As a Churchwarden struggling to keep all the balls in the air, thank you Bishop David for this beautiful, helpful and encouraging post.

Posted by Clive Black at Wednesday, 6 January 2010 at 11:21pm GMT

I have falling back in love with being Anglican/Episcopalian all over again. Reading this thoughtful, intelligent and deeply Christian post backs me realize why. Thank you to this blog for going beyond religious and political news. This was beautiful, a gift.

Posted by William Veinot at Saturday, 9 January 2010 at 1:50am GMT
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