This is the second part of a reflection on Epiphany. Check out last week’s post for a meditation about gifts. This part thinks about who may come. Reflecting Three Wise Men? Three Kings? Magi? Every year there is confusion at the nativity play: were they kings or wise men? And what are Magi, anyway*? The … More Isaiah 60:1-6 Matthew 2:1-12 – Epiphany
Engaging The wise men brought some pretty weird gifts for a new-born baby. Surely a blanket or baby-grow would have been more use? Or, I dunno, a proper bed? But the wise men brought what they had, and that’s all anyone can do. We also, can bring to God what we have. We may look … More Isaiah 60:1-6 Matthew 2:1-12 – Epiphany
Epiphany – In the days of The Great and Mighty Roman Empire there were the good jobs – emperor, obviously, if you could keep the knives out of your back – and then there were the not-so-good jobs. Such as governor of Judea. Really, it was a bit of a dump. This was the job you got lumbered with when you had upset someone important. Judea was a cultural backwater, a nowhere, full of nobodies. Even the local religion was pathetic – they only had one god, for goodness sake! … More Matthew 2:1-12
(aside to audience) except that the scientific terminology won’t be invented for a couple of thousand years yet, so we’re a bit ahead of our time here.
But what could it mean?
Mel: Well, I’ve been looking through my guide to the stars (holds up celebrity gossip magazine) and it says that the new star means a new king!
Bal: That’s amazing! We should go and visit him. We could take gifts too – something useful would be good.
Or the latest toy – something every kid would want. … More Bold, Frankenstein and Mmmm-errr