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Epiphany

Can you recall what you were doing twelve days ago? Chances are you were celebrating Christmas in one way or another with your family; yes it is not even two weeks ago, but may already feel a lot longer now that the reality of the New Year and back to school and work routines have settled in. The 6th. of January is an important feast day in the Christian calendar as it is the day when the three Magi, or wise men, arrived at the stable in Bethlehem to find the new born baby King.

The Gospel of Matthew records this part of the Nativity story and details how the three travellers followed a star to the destination and were intercepted by Herod, keen to find out about this perceived threat to his rule! The gifts they brought - gold, frankincense and myrrh - were all precious, both financially in Biblical times, and metaphorically, and thus fitting for a King. We can reflect upon what we can bring to God this year as our 'gift' with which to worship Him; it might be kindness, manners, respect, love...all very fitting for the start of a new year.

The Epiphany is seen as the traditional end to the festive period and so it is time to clear away the decorations until next Advent. We can wait in wonder to see what the remainder of this Winter season will bring, and know in good faith that Spring is crouching in the wings, ready to uncurl her beauty very shortly.

06.01.2017