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January 5

 

Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord

  • Listen to an audio retreat for today with Auxiliary Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Indianapolis in English or Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo of Seattle in Spanish.

  • Adopt the Epiphany tradition of asking God's blessing on your home for the coming year.

  • The Gifts of the Three Kings
    In Matthew’s Gospel reading today (MT 2:1-12), the birth of Jesus is heralded by the arrival of mysterious visitors from the east.  Traditionally identified as three kings, because they spoke directly to king Herod, or as astrologers because they followed a star, or as wise men because they knew of Christ’s birth through some hidden wisdom, the fact is we know virtually nothing about them; not even their number, although that’s traditionally been fixed at three, because they brought three gifts: Gold — a symbol of wealth and power identifies the recipient as a king. Frankincense — the crystalized resinous sap of a tree used as incense and as an offering, is symbolic of prayer. Myrrh — another resinous tree sap was used in healing liniments, and as an embalming ointment.  Myrrh is an odd gift for a child, unless you know that this special child will, through his death and resurrection, redeem the world.  At the beginning of Jesus’ life on earth, this gift foreshadows his death.
  • Today, the U.S. Church begins the annual observance of National Migration Week with the 2014 theme "Out of the Darkness."  Learn more about this event and how you can get involved in helping migrants and refugees.



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