Wednesday, January 6, 2010


e·piph·a·ny (-pf-n)
an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking

And so it begins,
a new decade. Today is the day we remember the Magi's 'epiphany'. This morning in faculty prayer, Amy McNelis (Trinity's English teacher Extraordinaire) shared the significance of the gifts presented to the Christ Child- gold, frankincense and myrrh. She gave us visual aids. For the gift of gold there was a foil-wrapped Reese's cup; the marvel of buttery peanuts embraced by chocolate. Frankincense was a scented twig from her kitchen broom and Myrrh- a rainbow band aid. Simply beautiful.
Theophany- a moment of time when God appears to men. Matthew tells us of such a moment- ...and lo, the star, which they had seen in the East, went on before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly, with great joy (they could hardly contain themselves, The Message). And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.

The first Christmas gifts have long been associated with aspects of Christ.
Gold- Lord and King
Frankincense- Priest
Myrrh- Savior
What did Mary wonder as she looked at these gifts? Did she use them? Did she keep them and show them to Jesus later in life?

I placed Amy's 'gifts' on my desk and looked at them throughout the day. The more I looked, the more I saw Jesus in them- the Godman who is a sweet, scented salve.

Well done, Amy.

my exit to work

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