January 6, 2017
The Epiphany of Our Lord
Matthew 2:1-12

 

 

Epiphany is the season of light, a season of starbursts, a season of dreams, and a season of revelation. According to Webster, Epiphany means “to show forth” or “manifest.” In this week’s Epiphany Gospel a star appears in the heavens and Jesus is revealed as Christ and King in the persons of the Magi.   “In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”

 

This week we are reminded that we too are seekers, followers of the star that leads us to Christ. In many ways our journey is similar to the journey that the wise men or Magi take. It’s hard journey across rough lands, and it twists and turns on a crooked path. We must ask questions along the way. We’re not always sure where we are headed. And the adventure is full of the unexpected, when we arrive at the manger we are often surprised to find that the king we are seeking is not enthroned in majesty but just a baby lying in a humble manger. Suddenly our world is turned upside down, the paradigms shift, and things are never the same.

 

One of my favorite parts of the Magi story is the ending. They do not return to Herod, to the ways of this world, to emptiness disguised as power, instead they are transformed. And they go home a different way, and different people. Those who seek the star that leads to Jesus are changed forever, the old things pass away and all things become new.

 

      1. The Magical Moment

 

 

Reach out, touch the magical moment
Touch the moon and the stars
Reach out, touch deep within
Imagine who you really are

 

You’ve been held a prisoner
Going on a thousand years
Someone else’s expectations
Your own set of fears
Going on a thousand years

 

Reach out, touch the magical moment
Touch the moon and the stars
Reach out, touch deep within
Imagine who you really are

 

Your mind has been on overtime
Creating a distorted world
lonely and preoccupied
White flag unfurled,
Creating a distorted world

 

Reach out, touch the magical moment
Touch the moon and the stars
Reach out, touch deep within
Imagine who you really are

 

Wondering if you ever gave it all
The law laughs and the heart cries
The eternal day dream
Under blue sunny skies
And the heart still cries

 

Reach out, touch the magical moment
Touch the moon and the stars
Reach out, touch deep within
Imagine who you really

 

Imagine, Imagine, Who you really are,
Imagine, Imagine, Who you really are,
Imagine who you really are
Imagine

 

Reach out, touch the magical moment
Touch the moon and the stars
Reach out, touch deep within
Imagine who you really are

 

 

It’s good to gaze up into the heavens, to touch the moon and the stars, to reach out and be touched deep within; it’s good to have a heavenly dream, it’s very good to let God into your imagination.

 

What is your dream? What would God have you do with your one great life? The kingdom comes into this world through people who receive a dream and go after it. Amen.

 

 

 

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