Archive for January, 2008

Epiphany: Isaiah 60:1-6; Matthew 2:1-12

January 8, 2008

Today’s readings:

Sometimes you can hear a passage of scripture and it leaves you cold. “That is just not where I’m at,” you say. Maybe the opening of Isaiah hit you that way just now. “Arise, shine, for your light has come.” “Arise? Shine? Not likely!” That may have been your hearts’ reply. After all, your vicar has been away for months on sick leave, and you have had a succession of supply priests; and at present no definite end is in sight. “Your light has come!” Under these circumstances, a normal response might well be: “Oh, really? What light?” And yet, against all reason, this profoundly hopeful prophesy of light may not only apply to this parish, but apply especially to you. Why especially? Because this radiant prophesy was spoken to Israel, a small and vulnerable people by this world’s standards; and yet small and vulnerable seems almost to be a prerequisite for God’s greatest blessings. (more…)