The Epiphany

Posted in Uncategorized by coapbk on January 1, 2009

Reflection for Thursday, January 1, 2009 by Father Joseph Diele

The Epiphany

Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12

This piece of Isaiah is written at the end of the Babylonian captivity.  The time is shortly after the return t of the exiles.  The people are discouraged.  Instead of a large flow of returning captives, there was a slow trickle.    Many of the Hebrews had adjusted to living in a new land and had adapted to the customs and the culture of the new land. Some had even abandoned God for the gods of their captives.

God here gives a rousing speech of encouragement.  God says, “get up and be bright.”

The world, the holidays our families and or friends never seem to live up to our expectations.  Life is always harder than we would wish and it is easy for us to fall into discouragement. Yet here is the time and the place. This is the moment now to rise up and be the light that you were made to be. It is in this present darkness that we must shine.  God is encouraging us as God had encouraged our ancestors.

-In what ways did the holidays not live up to our expectations for them?

-What is the present darkness that surrounds our lives?

-What do we hear when God says get up and be brightness?

-How do our communities encourage us?

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