In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells those who are listening to Him that they are to be salt and light in decaying and darkened world. St. Paul tells the people in Corinth about a mystery that the world does not know. When that mystery was revealed, it shattered the darkness and began the healing of a decaying world. What was that mystery? Well...you know...
The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord
February 02, 2020
Today is a day not often commemorated. It is the same time every year, but does not often fall on a Sunday. The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord arrives forty days after Christmas and is a fulfillment of Old Testament Law, given through Moses. But, it was it really their sacrifices on this day that made them pure? Or, was there another sacrifice that had to be made?
Scriptures: 1 Samuel 1:21-28; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40
Our Lord Jesus is known for not doing what we would expect. Born a peasant, not a king; in a stable, not a palace. Dies a felon's death. Is humiliated instead of exalted. And, here today, at the beginning of His ministry, He moves into the heart of the outcasts.
Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18; Matthew 4:12-25
By being baptized, Jesus began His work for us, His people. This event brings to us the 'epiphany' that Jesus, the man, is also God's Son. And, because of Him, we, too, are washed clean in the waters of baptism.
Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-9; Romans 6:1-11; Matthew 3:13-17
The Feast of the Epiphany, a lesser known Christian holiday in America. It is the beginning of an entire Church season of the same name; Epiphany. It is a time marked by events that reveal to us that the human, known as Jesus, is more than just a human ... He is Divine. He is God. The visit of the magi is the first even in this season, as Gentile wise-men come and worship a humble toddler. But, these 'three kings' are not the only kings in the story ...
Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-6; Ephesians 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12