Today’s chronological reading:
- 2 Samuel 5; 1 Chronicles 11-12 – Jashobeam, Abishai, and Eleazar – the mighty warriors, plus the rogue. For some reason these four stood above the rest
- Psalm 133 – this is simply an amazing thought, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity…for there the Lord bestows his blessing even life forevermore” Which makes since why Jesus and Paul would stress the same – it’s a wonder we strive for so many other things (success, doctrinal exactness, popularity, recognition, perfect church settings, etc), when it seems that the hope and answer to much of this is the unity of believers, maybe this is just too hard, or maybe it takes us releasing control to the Spirit, and well, that’s just too hard…
In Common Prayer, today begins the season of Epiphany: On this feast, Western Christians commemorate principally the visitation of the Biblical Magi to the Baby Jesus (which would be his first manifestation to the Gentiles); Eastern Christians commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, which is seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God. It is also called Theophany (the appearance of God) especially by Eastern Christians.
5th Century monk and bishop Paulinus of Nola wrote the following and may this be the meditative thought of our day:
“We have no right to our possessions; they have been entrusted to us for the good of all. Let us then invest with the Lord what he has given us, for we have nothing that does not come from him: we are dependent upon him for our very existence. And we ourselves particularly, who have a special and a greater debt, since God not only created us but purchased us as well; what can we regard as our own when we do not possess even ourselves?”
To wrap it all together, maybe that is how we bring back Epiphany…maybe the world sees a manifestation of God through the churches commitment to unity…maybe