The Oldest Prophesied Holiday–The Epiphany

One of the nicest things about being part of a Church with a Liturgical Calendar is the way it honors solemn occasions beyond the obvious–Easter and Christmas.

Around the year 800 BC, Isaiah the Prophet wrote the following-Chapter 6.

Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.  See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

Lift up your eyes and look about you:  All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the hip. Then you will look and be radiant,    your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.  Herds of camels will cover your land, young camels of Midian and Ephah. And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the LORD.

I feel sorry for Christians who’ve forgotten about the Epiphany of the Lord.

I remember as a child my mother holding back one little gift from Christmas day and presenting it on the Feast of the Epiphany.

It always gave a warm feeling and it was her way of reminding that Christ was just as important two weeks after His birth as He was on The Day.

The Gospel reading from today’s Liturgy is the story of the Magi and how King Herod wanted them to provide the baby Jesus’ location so that he too could go and worship.

They found the Truth and immediately after, had a dream warning the Kings to leave Bethlehem another way.

Truth has that impact on us.

Forgive me for making a political point on this solemn day, but I cannot help but speak my mind, as one of our local columnists yesterday went over the line with his analysis of two Conservative candidates.

Like King Herod, this writer was pretending to pick the right candidate for the Republicans, not so that he could worship their position on economic matters, but so that he could tee them up and take a whack the first chance he got.

When the prophet Isaiah wrote about a King who’d be given gold and incense 800 years before it happened, that was a prophetic miracle.

When a liberal columnist tells you he likes a Conservative, that’s a prophetic dream meant to manipulate and only a miracle would permit him to carry on with such accolades, once the primaries are over.

Celebrate the season of Christmas now, but prepare for the next season of Easter, where Christ will suffer affliction and be crucified.

Thank God for Resurrection Sunday.

We all need that promise to survive the Passion.

If you read the Berkshire Eagle, keep your eyes peeled for my letter of rebuttal to Professor Alan Chartock’s column–01-07-12.  As far as their agenda is concerned, they’d be better served not printing it.  No guarantee it will be published.


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