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For our Epiphany worship yesterday we were blessed with a luminous sermon offering from Judith Slimmon. With her permission, I have posted her manuscript below.

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Jesus embodied a vision of life characterized by overflowing generosity.

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On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother;
and they knelt down and paid him homage.

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we observed (εἴδω) his star at its rising. (Matthew 2:2b)

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The mysterious visitors Matthew’s Gospel portrays as coming to pay homage to Jesus in Bethlehem were operating from a different paradigm than guides most people.

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In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
wise men from the East came to Jerusalem.
(Matthew 2:1)

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When the “mä’-gos ” arrived in Jerusalem, they explained to King Herod that they were seeking “the child who has been born king of the Jews.”

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The “mä’-gos” who traveled to Bethlehem to kneel and pay homage to the baby Mary bore, and to offer “gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh”, point the way for those who seek skills of wisdom for the journey of life.

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It is unfortunate that The Rev. John Henry Hopkins (1820-1891) has so completely shaped the popular imagination about the Christian festival of Epiphany (celebrated on January 6).

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I went to an Epiphany service yesterday afternoon at Christ Church Cathedral.
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